At Patriot Dental we offer relief for patients experiencing TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorders, which are issues you experience with your jaw, as well as the joint and facial muscles surrounding your jaw.
If you encounter any symptoms of TMJ, be sure to make an appointment with our dentist. These symptoms may include tension and tenderness in your face or jaw, difficulty with opening your mouth wide, locking or clicking or your jaw, difficulty in chewing, a tired feeling in your face, and swelling on the side of your face. Other common symptoms of TMJ include toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earache, ringing in the ears or hearing problems.
We will look into patient history to determine the cause of your symptoms and will examine your jaw thoroughly. We will check for locking of the jaw while opening and closing your mouth. Additionally, your bite and facial muscle function will be examined, and we will evaluate your jaw pain and tenderness. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to check your jaw, jaw joint and teeth for irregularities.
Dr. Nawiesniak may prescribe a custom mouth guard to help with clenching and grinding which may lead to TMJ pain as well as damage to your teeth.
For more information about TMJ pain please call our office at 615-444-2034.