Come meet with a TMJ treatment specialist you can trust. Dr. Koch is a capable TMJ dentist who can help you if you believe you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
Dr. Koch has designed an effective TMJ treatment strategy that he uses to help many patients eliminate headache and find relief. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD, give us a call and let us know.
What is the TMJ?
If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your mouth, you can feel the temporomandibular joint. This jaw joint connects the jaw with the base of the skull, and has several muscles attached to it. Your abilities to speak, eat, and open your mouth all depend on these critical joints and muscles.
When this complex network of bones, muscles, and nerves become stressed or misaligned, the joint becomes irritated, and various symptoms can occur.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Irritation in the TMJ can cause pain across the body. Symptoms of TMD include:
- Chronic headaches
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Jaw discomfort
- Facial pain or swelling
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Limited jaw movement
- Discomfort when chewing or swallowing
TMJ symptoms can greatly impact the quality of your life. Fortunately, Dr. Koch is here to help!
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ
Dr. Koch will help you determine if TMJ Disorder is the source of your issues. Causes of TMJ can include:
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- A poor bite or misalignment
- Poor posture
With advanced imaging technology and a thorough exam, we will help you learn more about the condition of your jaw and which treatments might work for you.
We commonly treat our patients with a TMJ splint, which is a small oral appliance made of resin or plastic. This small device is a proven and easy treatment to reduce strain on the muscles of the TMJ. The splint fits over a front few teeth, like a mouth guard, and is to be worn at night to improve the health and function of your TMJ.
Dr. Koch places your comfort and health at the top of his priority list! If you believe you may need an examination of your jaw, please contact our office today. We look forward to seeing you and alleviating your TMJ Disorder.