Problems with your main jaw joints can lead to terrible pains in your jaw, neck, and head. You could get migraines, ringing in the ears, dental problems, and other distressing symptoms.

These problems can be connected to the TMJ, the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that joins your jaw to your skull.

Dr. Ron Thompson and the rest of the team here at East Valley Dental Care can use many years of practice to help. Imagine finally having relief from headaches, other pains, and life disruptions.

What Causes Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?

A disorder of your TMJ can happen because of a misaligned bite. When the teeth do not line up and meet the way they should, the muscles of your face get strained trying to compensate. Your jaw joint can become fatigued. Your muscles can also spasm, causing pain in your nerves.

Bruxism, unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, can also cause TMD. The effects of bruxism can stem from grinding your teeth in your sleep or feeling generally stressed on a daily basis.

If you’re not sure if you have a TMJ disorder, think about whether you have any of these symptoms (and you may have more than one):

  • Pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
  • Headaches or migraines.
  • Pain or fatigue of your facial muscles.
  • Chipped, worn, or otherwise damaged teeth.
  • Pain or soreness of your jaw.
  • Locking or clicking of the jaw joints.
  • A stiff neck or shoulders.

If you’re suffering one or a few of these symptoms, call East Valley Dental Care today for help.

How to Be Diagnosed and Treated for TMD

When you come to East Valley Dental Care, you’ll meet with Dr. Thompson and some of the rest of us. We’ll carefully examine your teeth and your bite. We’ll use safe digital x-rays to do so.

With a thorough understanding of your dental condition and detailed x-rays, we’ll look at the possible reasons for your symptoms. Then we’ll match treatment options to those causes.

Every case of TMD is a little different, so we’ll discuss your options with you. You might need a customized dental appliance to align your teeth and jaw in a more comfortable position. That can reduce strain and allow your jaw and muscles to finally rest.

We can also recommend lifestyle changes or certain treatments that can restore your teeth and muscles.

Call Today for TMD Relief

If you have painful TMD symptoms, call East Valley Dental Care today. Even if you think you can tough out the pain, TMD can damage your overall health as well as your teeth. Let us take care of the problem before you and your teeth need more costly treatments.

For TMJ services, general dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make you comfortable here and make you feel like part of our family.