Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder
Dr. James has studied Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders and occlusion for several years under the internationally-known expert, Dr. Gil Carney. This advanced training enables her to treat patients with sometimes debilitating oral facial pain, fracturing of the teeth, sensitivity, clenching and bruxism (tooth grinding).
- Q: What are some common symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
A: Headaches, jaw and ear pain, dizziness, ringing in ears, clicking and popping of the jaw, difficulty opening and closing of jaw, neck pain, face pain and tooth pain.
Q: How is TMJ Disorder diagnosed?
A: Diagnosis begins with a review of your history and present condition. This is followed by a hands-on evaluation of your jaw movement, occlusion as well as the muscles that help you jaw function. X-rays of your jaw joints, skull, including the bones of your face, will be taken. This will be followed by an orthodontic analysis that will determine how you arrived at this point and give a realistic treatment goal.
Q: How is TMJ Disorder treated?
A: Treatment depends on the severity and causes of your disorder. Some common treatments are used of night guards or deprogramming splints, therapeutic local anesthetic, occlusion adjustment, orthodontic treatment, crowns, bridges and/or physical therapy.