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TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorders are complex medical conditions that can affect almost any of the structures in the teeth, jaws, and face. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull on each side of the face. Because this joint is one of the most structurally intricate and often-used joints in the human body, TMJ disorders have the potential to profoundly and painfully disrupt a person’s daily life.

One factor that makes a TMJ disorder so difficult to diagnose and treat is the wide variety of potential causes and symptoms associated with the condition. The structures of the face, jaws, and mouth are closely interdependent. If one part of this interconnected system is disrupted, the effects can potentially impact any other part of the system.

TMJ disorders can result from a dislocated joint, a misaligned bite, habitual teeth grinding, cartilage wear and tear, and arthritis, and other causes. Any of these issues can lead to other problems over time, including tooth loss, so it is important to address them promptly. The symptoms of TMJ disorders include, but are not limited to tooth pain, jaw pain, joint pain, ear pain, clicking in the jaw, headaches, neck aches, tooth wear and damage, and impaired chewing.

Because there are so many potential causes for TMJ disorders, there are also many treatments available. Orthodontic therapies such as Invisalign® invisible braces are effective for correcting alignment issues, as are tooth reshaping and replacement techniques such as porcelain veneers and porcelain dental crowns. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to move, leading to malocclusion, so replacing missing teeth is a good way to avoid TMJ disorders. Mouth guards are available for patients who grind their teeth. Jaw exercise regimens formulated by Dr. Williams can help alleviate TMJ problems by strengthening muscles in the jaw. Dr. Williams is at the cutting edge of TMJ therapy, so patients at his practice in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area who suffer from TMJ disorders have reason to smile.

Contact Dr. Williams

As a Scottsdale and Phoenix area expert on TMJ disorders and sedation dentistry, Dr. J. Ladd Williams provides excellent treatment for patients. Contact Dr. Williams today to schedule a consultation.