Do you suffer from extreme headaches, soreness in the jaw joints, and chronic earaches? Your symptoms may indicate a TMJ disorder! TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a problem with the temporomandibular joint—the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint gets a lot of “action,” including eating, talking, and yawning.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
· Neck and Shoulder Pain
· Ringing Ears, Earaches, and Hearing Loss
· Weakness or Tingling in Fingers or Hand
· Tooth Wear
· Clicking or Popping in the Jaw
· Trouble Swallowing
If you are experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms, it is imperative you come in for a TMJ consultation with Dr. Tall. You are not alone in your struggle! More than 15 million Americans suffer from the symptoms associated with TMJ.
After an examination to determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder, the next step will be finding a solution! There are two courses of action Dr. Mark Tall may consider taking:
Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards: If the source of your TMJ is determined to be from teeth grinding, then a mouth guard might be the right solution for you. These mouth guards, or night guards, are worn while you sleep to prevent the teeth from grinding. These mouth guards also help to properly align the jaw. Not only will your jaws feel relief, your teeth will no longer be worn down while you grind in your sleep!
Orthodontic Treatment: If you have teeth or jaws that are misaligned, this too can be a cause of TMJ! Orthodontic treatment will permanently fix misalignment problems. Dr. Tall will take x-rays, 3-D images, and make impressions of your teeth to craft a personalized orthodontic treatment plan. Realigning teeth can take anywhere from six months to two years depending on the severity of the misalignment.
Beyond treating TMJ, Dr. Tall is also able to fix any broken, chipped, or misaligned teeth due to teeth grinding and TMJ. Here he can use an array of cosmetic and restorative procedures, such as: porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and crowns to help restore your smile.
If you are suffering from horrible headaches, earaches, and jaw joint pain, you may have TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Contact our office for a TMJ consultation with Dr. Mark Tall. There’s no need to continue suffering! Call our office today: 208-525-4780