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TMJ/TMD

Could you be suffering from TMD/TMJ?

TMJ, although it has become almost a household word, is a non-specific, catch-all term for a variety of pain/dysfunction conditions of the head and neck.

What is TMJ or TMD?

Was originally derived from “Temporomandibular Joint”, your jaw joints – once thought to be the source of most of these ailments. Today we know that there are many causes of head and neck problems that may or may not be related to the temporomandibular joint. For this reason, although nat as widely familiar, most dentists use “TMD” (for temporomandibular disorders) to more accurately describe the condition.

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Worn, chipping or cracked teeth
  • Cracking or chipping dental restorations
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear congestion
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping in the joints
  • Clenching or bruxism
  • Limited opening of the mouth
  • Loose teeth

The Diagnosis

Treatment

An orthotic is a custom made appliance fabricated of plastic that can be worn over the teeth to maintain the neuromuscularly derived bite position. At this point, nothing is done to permanently alter your bite. You typically wear this plastic appliance for a prescribed period of time to verify that this new jaw position solves or reduces the problem. If it does, it has proven that the imperfect bite was the cause of the problem and you may elect to go on and have your natural teeth treated to permanently maintain that new bite position. We also offer Trigger point injections. They are relatively comfortable and are performed in-office. 

Can any dentist treat TMJ?”  TMJ/TMD requires both specialized training and equipment to diagnose and treat.  Dr. Cameron’s TMJ clinic focuses on Conservative, non-surgical procedures, with the goal to alleviate pain and restore proper form and function to the jaw.

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