Jaw health is vital for speaking and talking with ease. So, if you have locked jaws, jaw soreness, and constant headaches, you may have a jaw problem, and you should treat it immediately. Have you heard about temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)? It’s not another sign of getting older — TMD affects patients of all ages, and the cause is usually stress and teeth grinding.
We all have temporomandibular joints (TMJs). You can attest to this by gently placing your fingers on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. This area is where the upper jawbone (maxilla) and the lower jawbone (mandible) meet. As you open your mouth, you’ll feel the TMJ move.
When the TMJ is healthy, you rarely notice its presence. However, when this joint is inflamed, strained, or injured, ordinary activities like yawning, chewing, and talking become a source of pain.
Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
The symptoms above mimic numerous other conditions, so TMJ disorder often remains mis or undiagnosed for years. That’s why you need to visit a TMJ specialist like Dr. Gunnerson for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
Dr. Gunnerson diagnoses TMJ pain by taking your full medical history and examining your teeth and jaws with cutting-edge technology. Although there is no standard test for TMD, digital X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can help pinpoint problems in the jaw system.
Most TMJ cases can be treated with the non-surgical options below.
Here at TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, we accept most major insurance providers. If you do not see your insurance provider listed, please contact our office directly.
We will be happy to take your information and do a complimentary benefits check to see how your plan will work with our office.