TMJ Treatment in Meridian, Idaho

TMJ Treatment in Meridian, Idaho
TMJ Treatment in Meridian, Idaho
The Term “TMJ” is the Acronym for “Temporomandibular Joint”
This is the ball and socket joint that allows the lower jaw to open, close and move sideways when chewing and speaking. Everyone has two of them, and they are located about one centimeter in front of the ears.
A TMJ disorder is a general term that covers various symptoms the can come from the TMJ being misaligned, including headaches, jaw pain, clicking, grinding, etc.
A TMJ assessment is a routine part of every standard exam that Dr. Lind does because he considers proper alignment to be an integral part of quality dental care.

What is TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ Syndrome, is an umbrella term covering a variety of conditions associated with the inflammation of the Temporomandibular Joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. Dysfunction of this joint can cause significant pain and damage.

Correct Diagnosis of TMJ Can Handle Your Pain and Discomfort
It is common for people with TMJ to have symptoms that they have attributed to other causes, or which simply confuse them. For example, symptoms of TMJ disorder can include:
  • Headaches (often misdiagnosed as migraines)
  • Shoulder, neck or back pain
  • Numbness in arms and fingers
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Ringing ears (tinnitus)
  • Congested ears
It is particularly important for you to get a competent exam if you suspect that you have TMJ, so that you can begin treatment and relief right away.

TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment

TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment in Boise Idaho
TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment in Boise Idaho
As part of your patient exam, Meridian dentist Dr. Lind will perform a thorough examination to determine if you are experiencing any misalignment of the jaw or teeth that is causing you difficulties.
Because TMJ is frequently caused by a bad bite, Dr. Lind will first stabilize your bite. In many cases using a customized bite guard, a temporary plastic device that fits over your teeth, can do this. Once the bite is stabilized, long-term management can begin.
There are many ways to keep your bite in proper alignment. Some permanent solutions may include; reshaping the enamel of the teeth, installing permanent bite guard devices, or installing reconstructive crowns.
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