The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has determined that there are over 10 million people tormented with the discomfort of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). Research also shows that the majority of TMJ sufferers are female.
For some individuals, the discomfort is not long lasting. In many cases, it resolves on its own. For these people, the occasional pain they experience may come in cycles and leave without any type of general dentistry treatment. Minor treatment such as learning how to do certain exercises may be all that is required to treat patients who have ongoing problems. These patients often experience relief from
There are other patients who may have a more chronic disorder causing more pain. Their symptoms are more severe and may require more aggressive interventions. Dr. Lane is experienced in diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from TMJ/TMD.
Proper diagnosis of the condition is important. Depending on the severity of the disorder, you may only need to learn the exercises that help relieve pain. If more extensive treatment is required, Dr. Lane will let you know and will tell you about your options.
Jaw pain can be the result of TMD/TMJ or it can have other causes such as clenching or grinding the teeth. An exam and a few questions will pinpoint the source of the problem. Once the source has been determined, Dr. Lane can then prescribe a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, or discomfort in your shoulders, neck, and head, and cannot find a reasonable explanation for it, contact Lane Family Dental today to make an appointment with Dr. Lane. You could be suffering from TMJ/TMD. Come in and find out if we can help relieve the discomfort that is plaguing you.Schedule an appointment