A temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a set of joints in the jaw that help to open and close the mouth. TMJ issues affect nearly 10 million people but are often ignored or go unnoticed. While TMJ disorders can be temporary, there are cases where it becomes chronic or long-lasting, causing pain to the individual with TMJ. When you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, it’s important to get checked thoroughly by a dental professional for any underlying causes and a treatment plan. At Academy Dental Care in Albuquerque, Dr. Shane Krohnfeldt is able to discern if your chronic jaw pain is a result of TMJ by using your medical history, symptoms, and location of the pain. We’ll then curate a personalized treatment plan for your TMJ.
TMJ symptoms may appear suddenly, or could be experienced over several years. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder to look out for include:
- Pain when chewing or using jaw muscles/joints
- Jaw stiffness or limited movement
- Painful clicking, popping, or a grating of the jaw joints when opening or closing the mouth
- Ringing of the ears, dizziness, or hearing loss
- Pain that spreads from face to neck
- Locking of jaw joints
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Academy Dental Care in Albuquerque. We’ll access and diagnose you and get you the treatment you need to start feeling better again.
TMJ Causes and Treatment
While many causes of TMJ are widely unknown, there are a few causes of TMJ that we will test for in a dental exam such as:
- Recent or previous jaw-related injuries
- Tooth or jaw alignment
- Clenched or grinding teeth
There are several treatment options for TMJ to successfully relieve you of the pain and discomfort that comes with TMJ. Dr. Krohnfeldt will discuss the best choice for you and ensure you feel comfortable and listened to. Once we’ve found the right treatment plan for you, we’ll get you back to feeling like yourself again!
Trusted Albuquerque Dentist
Dr. Krohnfeldt is Albuquerque’s trusted dentist for TMJ care in our community. At Academy Dental Care, we believe in quality, compassionate, and welcoming dental care. We want to make sure you are listened to and your concerns are heard. If you’re having trouble with TMJ symptoms, don’t ignore them, contact us today and schedule your appointment!