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Patients in Wichita, KS, ask, "Are there any dentists near me who can help with my TMJ?"

TMJ is used to commonly refer to a condition affecting a person's jaw joint. TMJ is actually the abbreviation for the joint that is affected – the temporomandibular joint. TMD is the proper abbreviation for the actual condition, temporomandibular disorder, affecting the TMJ. While this may sound very confusing, it is a common problem affecting many people, causing them pain and discomfort. Many patients may not realize that help may be found as close as their dentist. For patients wondering, "Are there any dentists near me in Wichita, KS, who can help with this problem I'm having with my TMJ?" The answer can be found under the care of East Wichita Dentist.

We don't want to just manage the patient's symptoms. We want to assist the patient by diagnosing TMD, so that it can be effectively treated. Symptoms that should be shared with the dentist include things such as pain or stiffness in the jaw, any issues with opening or closing the mouth, pain when chewing, regular headaches, pain in the ear, or popping or clicking in the jaw joint. This provides the dentist with the information needed to properly evaluate the TMJ and determine any factors contributing to TMD. Through the use of x-rays and other means of examination, we can evaluate and give the patient a proper diagnosis.

Patients may experience problems with TMD because of a misaligned bite, clenching or grinding teeth, or due to trauma or injury. Once the condition has been verified, we can initiate treatment. We have found the use of a simple oral device to be very effective in treating patients with TMD. It is designed to remove the pressure exerted on the TMJ by repositioning jaw alignment. This leads to substantial improvement of the causes of TMD, thus eliminating the symptoms.

Patients are encouraged to visit us for regular examinations and cleanings. These appointments allow us to get to know each patient individually. We encourage a patient to share any concerns with us so that we may develop an effective solution. Don't ignore the symptoms that may indicate TMD. There is no need to suffer when East Wichita Dentist has the solution.

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