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The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Though the main symptom is jaw pain, there are several other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder (TMD). Other signs can include ear pain, a stiff jaw, and chronic headaches. When treating your TMD, Dr. Timothy Kelly will not simply address your symptoms. He will provide a complete diagnosis to uncover the primary cause of your condition. These causes may include jaw misalignment, bruxism (teeth grinding), and several other factors. Once he understands the origin of your TMD, Dr. Kelly can provide comprehensive and personalized care. To learn more about the causes and symptoms of TMJ Disorder, please contact us today.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

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The temporomandibular joints (jaw joints) are responsible for a full range of motion, making them quite complex, and they are exposed to a great deal of pressure since you constantly use them to bite and chew. Some of the most common causes of TMD include:

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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Just as there are various causes of TMD, there are also a number of symptoms. Facial pain is often the telltale sign of the condition. However, this discomfort can take various forms. It may be constant, or it could come in waves.

Often, the pain will worsen when you are eating. Pain may be centralized or shift to other parts of the body, affecting your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Other signs that you may be experiencing TMJ disorder can include:

Diagnosing TMJ Disorder

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Dr. Kelly will carefully analyze your symptoms to provide an accurate TMD diagnosis. He will use x-rays, photographs, physical models of your jaw, and a CT scan to evaluate your jaw alignment. He will then perform a bite analysis, measuring the force and balance of your bite as well as examine its range of motion and listen to your jaw as you open and close your mouth.

By using cutting-edge technology to analyze your bite, Dr. Kelly can help ensure increased comfort and efficiency when chewing, leading to a healthier smile overall.

Additionally, Dr. Kelly will apply gentle pressure around your jaw to locate painful or sore areas. Once he understands the original cause of your condition, he can provide appropriate care. In most cases, he will treat your TMJ disorder using an oral splint (a type of mouthguard), dental crowns, or other restorative treatments.

Relieve Your Jaw Pain Today

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Dr. Kelly can provide long-term relief for those suffering with TMJ disorder. If you are currently dealing with any of the symptoms we listed above, contact our office today to schedule a thorough diagnostic exam.

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