Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, earaches, jaw pain of varying degrees (opening, closing or yawing), neck aches and an intermittent ringing in the ears. Patients have experienced a clicking, popping jaw joint that can lock or stray to one side.The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that Dr. Crandall can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of our practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of Dr. Crandall.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The grinding or clenching teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in loose, broken or worn teeth.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit our office for an exact diagnosis.
What does treating TMJ involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Clenching, grinding or a bad bite are the most common culprits, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, Dr. Crandall will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the bite, take X-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. Possibly a specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. Dr. Crandall can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.