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TMJ / TMD

GET RELIEF FROM JAW PAIN

If you have been experiencing jaw pain and discomfort, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). This condition can cause quite a bit of pain and interfere with your day-to-day life, but with proper treatment from our dentists, you can restore the health of your jaw and eliminate the discomfort of TMJ/TMD. If you think you may be struggling with TMJ/TMD, schedule a consultation today!

Causes

TMJ/TMD are terms used to refer to a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. This small, delicate joint is located just below the ear and is responsible for connecting the jaw to the skull. If it becomes inflamed, damaged or malpositioned, it can cause a variety of different symptoms and issues, collectively referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ/TMD.

TMJ/TMD can have a number of different causes. A few of the most common causes of TMJ/TMD are teeth grinding (bruxism), a malpositioned bite, excessive jaw muscle use (such as chewing gum for multiple hours per day) and inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Each case is different, which is why TMJ/TMD is often considered very difficult to treat.

Symptoms

There are a few different recognizable symptoms of TMJ/TMD. The symptoms you experience will differ based on the severity of your condition. In more mild cases of TMJ/TMD, your symptoms may be limited to pain and tenderness in your jaw, aching facial pain, and “crackling” or “popping” noises when chewing. You may also have trouble opening your mouth all the way.

In more serious cases of TMJ/TMD, you may experience severe, migraine-like headaches as well as jaw “locking” which may make it difficult to open and close your mouth. You may have trouble chewing properly due to the pain of your TMJ/TMD.

Treatment

There are a few different ways that dentists can help with TMJ/TMD. If your issue is being caused by a poor bite position, orthodontic treatment like clear aligners or braces may be recommended to correct the position of your teeth and jaw. TMJ/TMD caused by teeth grinding may be addressed using a nightguard to prevent direct, tooth-to-tooth contact.

Another commonly-used treatment is called “oral appliance therapy.” Oral appliances for TMJ/TMD look somewhat like a nightguard or athletic mouthguard. They are designed to shift the position of the jaw and take pressure and stress off of the temporomandibular joint. This encourages proper healing of the joint and helps provide you with relief from the pain and discomfort of TMJ/TMD.

The proper treatment for TMJ/TMD varies based on your condition and its suspected cause. If you are suffering from this disorder, it is important to see a qualified and experienced dentist right away. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

Patient Reviews

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toni fragala
toni fragala
July 13, 2022.
The whole office is very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be making this our new dentist!
Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson
July 13, 2022.
I was very blessed with my visit to this facility. I was met by friendly staff and they had already done the insurance work that needed to be done. In the chair very friendly dental assistants and information sharing was better then any place I have been before. After the exam there was Infomation shared and suggestions made. My past experiences with dentist were pushing to get work done and I was so blessed I was given a choice as to how to proceed. Thank you
erika goethe
erika goethe
July 11, 2022.
Just love Marianne and Dr. Elizabeth!
Ana Tomchek
Ana Tomchek
July 11, 2022.
Everyone is super friendly and courteous! I loved the doctor too! She was very nice and courteous, answered all my questions and was very informative! Great place all around!
Carol Jacobson
Carol Jacobson
July 11, 2022.
Excellent maintenance care of oral health. Good communication.
SHERRIE TUCKER
SHERRIE TUCKER
July 8, 2022.
This is my regular dentist, so I already like them, a lot. But today I had a low-level emergency and they got me right in and took care of me. Super happy to call this place "My Dentist Office."
Tim Blackburn
Tim Blackburn
July 8, 2022.
Great experience, excellent care and they make you feel very comfortable. Dr. McCourt is excellent. I'm very happy I chose this dental office.
Jaysen Fails
Jaysen Fails
July 7, 2022.
I have always received the best care at Arrowhead.
Tami Lane
Tami Lane
July 7, 2022.
My dentist office is closed for the week and was referred to Arrowhead Family Dentistry. While I didn’t have any work done, they were able to get me in right away for ab exam. Dr. K was very nice and got right to the point. Appreciate Dr. K and staff for helping me out.

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7777 W Deer Valley Rd #160

Peoria, AZ 85382

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