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If you suffer from constant and excessive pain in your face, cheeks, shoulders or neck, as well as problems with biting and constant headaches, you are most likely suffering from some form of temperomandibular joint disorder. This means that your temperomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your skull’s temporal bone to your lower jawbone, may be adversely affected.
The TMJ is vital joint that is responsible for controlling jaw movement when you eat and speak. We check on the state of your TMJ through a full examination of your mouth, jaws and bite. Once we diagnose a TMJ disorder, we can prescribe a number of different treatments depending on the severity of the problem. For minor forms of the disorder, we can provide simple treatments, such as cold or heat packs and painkillers, to alleviate your symptoms. For more severe cases, we may prescribe more permanent solutions, such as laser therapy, radiowave therapy, a bite appliance or mouth guard, or bridges or crowns.
TMJ disorders can persist for many years, and can significantly disrupt your daily activities. If you believe you suffer from a TMJ disorder, don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn how we can help.