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Dentist in Wichita describes dealing with TMJ disorders

The TMJ, known as the temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint, which operates the jawbones and allows individuals to eat, speak, and yawn. This complex joint within the face rotates and it moves considerably to provide us the ability to perform every day movements. This joint is surrounded by many muscles, ligaments, and tissues. When any aspect of this joint becomes damaged or troublesome, it can result in the diagnosis of a TMJ disorder.

Dealing with TMJ disorders is not easy. Also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), this condition can become extremely problematic for patients who deal with it on an everyday basis. This condition can result in many concerns including:
  • Clicking and popping of the jaw joint during eating, speaking, or yawning
  • Pain in the jaw that can radiate to other areas of the face, neck, and shoulders
  • Chronic headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Clenching of the jaw
  • Teeth grinding
At East Wichita Dentist, we have the tools to provide a proper diagnosis of TMJ disorders and offer many methods of relief. The most popular solution for TMJ disorders is oral appliance therapy. This is the wearing of a special mouth guard, which is intended to realign the jaw to reduce pressure and discomfort while also protecting the natural teeth from damage. Oral appliance therapy is highly desirable as it is easy, non-invasive, and effective in treating the condition. While the condition is not curable, it can be controlled via several methods available through East Wichita Dentist. There are very rare instances where the condition is so severe that it requires oral surgery, but most cases that are mild and moderate may benefit from oral appliance therapy.

If you are located in or around the Wichita area and believe you may be dealing with a temporomandibular joint disorder, do not hesitate to contact East Wichita Dentist for a thorough dental evaluation including x-rays, which can help our dentist determine if TMD is a concern for you. If so, a proper diagnosis and treatment can get you on your way to living a pain-free life.
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