Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Syndrome) is a set of symptoms that begins in the jaw and radiates outward, often involving discomfort in the head, neck and shoulders. TMJ is a mechanical disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint, which is the jaw joint located right in front of your ears. This area can become inflamed along with the muscles associated with the joint. The inflammation in the surrounding muscles manifests as tension in the temples, neck and shoulders. This painful set of symptoms are together knows as TMJ disorder.
TMJ Treatment information and how we can help
View some of the common symptoms associated with TMJ syndrome.
– Headaches – Ear pain and jaw pain – Tension in the back of the neck – Tension in the shoulders – Pain in the eyes or face – Pain or tenderness of the jaw – Clicking / popping of jaw – Limited movement in the jaw – Tooth sensitivity to cold or biting – Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
How will Dr. Rocci diagnose your symptoms as TMJ syndrome?
Dr. Rocci will ask you about your symptoms and examine your teeth and tooth alignment to determine the cause of your discomfort or inflammation.
TMJ syndrome symptoms can be confused with something as simple as a cavity, or as complex as a head or neck problem requiring expensive scans.
From there, a TMJ treatment plan will be developed.
What treatment options are available to relieve TMJ syndrome?
Appliance Therapy uses a splint to alleviate pressure from jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding, diminishing the force that causes the pain and inflammation in the TM joint and surrounding muscles.
Often a misalignment in the teeth can cause the clenching and tension that leads to TMJ disorder symptoms. Dr. Rocci will perform Tooth Adjustment Therapy to regain the proper balance.
Gateshead Dental takes a holistic approach in treating TMJ disorder, drawing from over 35 years of dentistry experience. Dr. Rocci will work with you to find the cause of your ear pain, jaw pain, headaches and other symptoms and develop the proper course of action to help you heal.