What Causes TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

TMD is a common disorder that occurs when your temporomandibular joint is misaligned. The muscles, nerves, and tendons that surround this joint can become strained and irritated when the joint is out of place, resulting in painful symptoms throughout your body. Chronic tension headaches are one of the most common signs of TMD, but many patients also suffer from:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Popping and clicking of the joints
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Numbness in fingers and arms

In order to relieve these symptoms, your teeth, jaw, and muscles must be brought back into proper alignment. This is the goal of neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentists use state-of-the-art technology and specialized training to find the ideal rest position of your jaw. Once this position has been determined, Dr. Wilcox will create a treatment plan designed to help correct your bite and bring relief from your TMD symptoms.

If you have further questions about TMD / TMJ, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with experienced Phoenix neuromuscular dentist Dr. David Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients in the Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.