Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can cause jaw pain, chronic migraines, teeth grinding, and back and neck pain. If you are experiencing a minor case of this issue, Dr. Matthew A. Turner provides TMJ treatment at his Blue Springs, MO, using custom dental guards. The TMJs are located on either side of the jaw, and are responsible for the movement required for eating, chewing, and speaking. If the jaws do not meet properly for any reason, it can force the TMJs to overcompensate, and this prolonged strain can trigger TMJ disorder symptoms. Our dental guards can correct the position of your jaws to help you achieve comfort. If an examination reveals that you may have a serious TMJ disorder, we can refer you to the appropriate Healthcare Provider.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Symptoms of TMJ disorder can include:
- Jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Facial pain or fatigue
- Clicking or popping of the jaw joint
- Stiffness or limited jaw movement
If the jaws do not meet properly, it can force the TMJs to overcompensate, and this prolonged strain can trigger TMJ disorder symptoms.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A proper diagnosis is necessary to find the most beneficial treatment for you. Dr. Turner will perform a series of examinations to assess your TMJs, occlusion (the way your upper and lower teeth fit together), facial muscles, and surrounding tissues. Advanced digital imaging may be used to evaluate the jaw bone, joints, and teeth. Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Turner will discuss treatment options with you.