Temporomandibular joint disorder (also referred to as TMJ and TMD) is a common disorder that can result in migraine-like headaches and other painful symptoms.
Unfortunately, TMJ/TMD is often misdiagnosed by those who do not have specialized training in the field of neuromuscular dentistry. Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox has undergone extensive postgraduate training in neuromuscular dentistry at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the complex relationship between the joints, nerves, muscles, tendons and bones in the connective region between your jaw and your skull.
When a bite condition, jaw alignment problem or teeth spacing problem puts undue stress on components of this sensitive network, TMJ/TMD can be the result. Severe, chronic headaches are the most common symptom of TMJ/TMD, but most patients who suffer from this condition also experience symptoms that may include:
- Problems biting, chewing and swallowing
- Jaw clicking, popping, sticking or locking
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
- Pain in the neck, face, back and shoulders
- Inability to find a consistent, comfortable resting position for your jaw
If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria or Glendale, Arizona, areas and would like to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder, please contact Desert Smiles to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Wilcox.