TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. This joint is what holds your jaw on your face, and it can easily become strained through daily use. TMJ disorder—or TMD—is when this joint has become damaged somehow, leading to incredibly uncomfortable symptoms, like:
- Pain or tenderness around the jaw.
- Neck or shoulder pain.
- Headaches or migraines.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Locking jaw.
- Clicking sounds when you open your mouth.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also called TMD, come see Dr. Shepherd, DMD, right away! He can relieve the symptoms of your TMD.
Splints or Night Guards
TMJ splints or night guards are custom-made just for you. They hold your jaw in a way that allows the strained muscles to relax. Splints and night guards will give the muscles of your jaw a break so that you will have fewer TMJ symptoms. These appliances are portable and easy to use.
Adjusting the Bite
Dr. Shepherd could potentially adjust your current bite with dental fixtures like dental crowns. It could be an improper bite that is causing all of your discomfort. If your bite is readjusted, your jaw will work properly without any further discomfort.
Education for Pain Management
No one wants to experience facial, neck, and shoulder pain that never seems to quit. Dr. Shepherd will teach you everything you need to know about managing your TMJ pain, even at home. He can also prescribe medication and teach you about massage or cold compress techniques to help you manage your condition.
Let Infinity Dental Help Your TMJ Heal
The symptoms of TMD can keep you from living your life to the fullest. Dr. Shepherd, DMD, will examine your mouth and jaw and ask you about your symptoms. He can help you learn about your specific TMD and what you can do to improve it.
If you are ready to escape the symptoms of TMD, schedule your consultation at Infinity Dental today!