Understanding TMJ and TMD in Concord, NC

TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, which is a medical way of saying jaw joint. Clinically, we refer to problems associated with the jaw joint as TMJ SYNDROME or TMD (disorder). Most patients just call it TMJ as do most referring ENT physicians. This disorder often presents itself as some degree of pain with a popping sound in the joint.

Who can have TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ problems can afflict people of all ages, although patients under 40 are more susceptible and it occurs more frequently in women than men. This region is located below your ear, right where your jawbone connects to the skull. While there remains a lack of evidence on all the causes of this syndrome, arthritis, sudden trauma to the joint, or untreated bruxism may be culprits.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms may not always be the same, but these often include pain in or near the joint, a popping or grating sensation during movement, or if the joint ends up seemingly stuck. Get in touch with a specialist in dentistry in Concord, NC, once you experience the following:

  • Headaches
  • Ear aches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
  • Pain or soreness in or around the jaw joints
  • Dizziness
  • Tightnes of the jaw joint...difficult to open wide
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive teeth...loosening of some teeth

In some cases, TMJ may feel like a lingering or vague toothache. If any of the symptoms mentioned above are not going away, schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist in Concord, NC.

What is the treatment?

Be sure to reach out to our dentists and begin treatment immediately. Consult with Dr. Compton for a diagnosis and TMJ Treatments in Concord NC. TMJ is a great imitator and often feels like a vague toothache. Most often, the jaw muscles have been overworked and are fatigued. Acrylic splints (night guards) are effective in controlling the symptoms for many patients. Our entire staff has suffered from TMJ symptoms and we all wear some type of nighttime appliance. We KNOW your pain and can help in most cases.

We may also discuss certain medications to help patients alleviate the pain and discomfort. Jaw exercises can also be helpful. Should we determine that the problem is caused by a misaligned bite, Dr. Compton may look into aligning the bite properly to address the problem effectively.

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