What is TMJ/TMD?
Treat TMJ And TMD In Brentwood TN
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the cheek and the jawbone. The temporomandibular joint can become inflamed or misaligned due to various causes, including physical trauma, arthritis, bruxism (grinding of the teeth), or erosion of the jawbone. When problems like these occur in the temporomandibular joint, they are diagnosed as TMJ disorders, or TMD. When an individual is suffering from a TMD, there is a long list of symptoms that can begin affecting them.
Symptoms of TMD
- Pain in the jaw area
- General pain or exhaustion in the face
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Difficulty chewing some foods
- Difficulty opening and closing mouth
- Locking of jaw
- Difficulty opening mouth very wide
- Clicking or popping sounds emitting from the jaw
- Facial swelling
- Ringing in the ears
How to Treat TMJ Disorders
If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, your temporomandibular joint could be to blame. There is no need to live with constant pain and discomfort. It is important to treat these disorders immediately, so contact Dr. Poss for an assessment at his Brentwood TN dentist office outside of Nashville. The majority of TMD issues that are not treated get worse over time. Future pain can be prevented with TMJ treatment.
Dr. Poss can determine the specifics of your TMJ disorder using Mytrotonics to assess the noise coming from the joint. Mytrotonics can also detect which symptoms your temporomandibular joint disorder is causing. Using this information, we can create a custom-made appliance for you so that your TMJ can begin to heal. As you begin wearing your dental appliance, Dr. Poss will track your progress using advanced computer technology. He will analyze the data he collects, and make any alterations necessary throughout your treatment.
TMJ/TMD Assessment for Brentwood, Nashville, Franklin Patients
Whether it sounds like you have TMD/TMJ or you’re still unsure, we can help identify if there is an issue with your temporomandibular joints and if so, treat them accordingly.
Come see Dr. Poss for a TMJ assessment so that you can find relief from your headaches, pain, and discomfort or give us a call if you are in the Nashville – Franklin TN area.