Unfortunately, TMJ disorder makes the lives of thousands of Americans difficult and uncomfortable. TMJ disorder, or TMD, occurs when there are problems with the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the rest of the skull. When the TMJ does not function properly, the sufferer may experience many painful and frustrating symptoms. Some of the causes of TMD include:
- Physical injury to the jaw or muscles of the head and neck
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth (often caused by stress)
- Arthritis or other inflammatory disorders
- Dislocation of ball and socket
Some of the most common symptoms of TMD are:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain in facial muscles
- Pain in neck and shoulders
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Difficulty biting down and chewing
- Clicking or locking of the joint
You should be able to live your life free from the pain of TMD, so Dr. Cantwell and his staff offer treatment for TMJ disorder.
You can visit Dr. Cantwell for a thorough analysis of your TMJ disorder and symptoms. He can tell you more about what is causing your unique TMD and how to best treat it. He can recommend a bite or mouth guard to prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth throughout the night. You may also benefit from one of our TMJ appliances. These appliances will hold your jaw in a more natural position to alleviate the stress. Dr. Cantwell and his team can even show you how to make the joint feel better when you’re at home with jaw exercises.
We can’t wait to eliminate the symptoms of your TMJ disorder so that you can have an easier life. Give us a call to set up your appointment today.