Edmond, OK TMJ Therapy Relieves Chronic Jaw Pain
If you place a fingertip on both sides of your face near the ears, you should be able to feel something moving beneath the skin when you open and close your mouth. These are the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints, which connect the mandible to the skull and facilitate essential movements like chewing and speaking. Unfortunately, this significant responsibility means that any kind of dysfunction or aggravation in the area can result in uncomfortable, even debilitating symptoms for the patient.
Here in Edmond, OK, Dr. John Polkinghorne can diagnose cases of TMJ disorder during your routine appointments, and he will work closely with you to determine the best course of action to treat the problem. Our practice welcomes new patients from Deer Creek, OK and surrounding areas – contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team!
Am I Suffering From TMJ Disorder?
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder that patients should be aware of include the following:
- Excessive pain and tenderness in the face/jaw
- Experiencing difficulty while chewing
- Constant discomfort that feels like a headache or earache
- Jaw joints that constantly click, pop, and lock, making it hard to open and close the mouth
How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder?
Please let Dr. John know as soon as possible if you think you may be experiencing TMJ disorder. He can carefully review your bite, jaw, and other components of your oral health to determine whether or not you’re in need of TMJ therapy. If our findings are positive, a custom occlusal splint can help reposition the jaw and provide much-needed relief for the fatigued joint and facial muscles. If an improper bite is determined to be the cause of the discomfort, we may also recommend restorative adjustments to create a more harmonious resting position for your teeth.