Temporomandibular joint disorder is the term used to describe conditions that cause pain and improper function of the joints and muscles that control jaw movement.

Pain in your facial muscles, neck and shoulders, ear pain, ringing in the ears, facial swelling, headaches, and dizziness are just a few symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. However, these symptoms often can lead medical professionals to other diagnoses.

Dr. Ben Thompson, a dentist in Brier Creek, has an interest in treating patients with TMJ-related complaints. He has invested a great deal of time in continuing education through the Dawson Academy to bring targeted treatments to patients who often have suffered for months or years with pain and discomfort.

Temporomandibular joint disorder

TMJ disorders can be complex. Diagnosis begins with Dr. Ben performing an occlusal analysis. In some cases, adjustments can be made to alleviate and prevent stress to the TMJ, which can lead to deterioration of the joint over time.

Other cases might call for night guards and other appliances. Night guards interact with your bite and place your jaw in a position that helps relieve the symptoms and discomfort.

Our night guards are customized to each patient.

Potential causes of TMJ disorder

  • An improper bite
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Injury
  • Tooth and jaw alignment
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Poor posture
  • Excessive gum chewing

TMJ disorders occur in women more frequently than men, and they typically occur between the ages of 20 and 40. However, it can happen at any age.

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If you suffer from chronic jaw joint pain, please call for an appointment. We will work to find the cause and suggest treatment designed to offer you some much-needed relief.