TMJ / TMD Treatment in Roanoke, VA
Do you suffer from pain in your face or jaw joint area, or even hear a popping or clicking sound when you chew and talk? Maybe you suffer from headaches or lockjaw? If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) which are disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for the up, down and side to side movement of your lower jaw. The same movements that allow you to talk, chew and yawn. Symptoms can be disguised as multiple other problems such as sinus headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness or even earaches.
Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Exact causes of TMD are often unknown, however dentists believe that problems with the jaw muscles or joint can lead to the disorders. Jaw and joint injuries, as well as head and neck muscle injuries can often play a role in developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Causes can include:
- Whiplash or other injury
- Teeth grinding or clenching of teeth
- Erosion of the joint or misalignment
- Cartilage damage or arthritis
Finding the Source and Providing Relief
At Semtner Dental we can help find of the source of your TMJ disorder and recommend a course of action to alleviate pain or symptoms. Using the latest in gentle, non-surgical treatments our doctors can help to eliminate symptoms. In some cases a maxillofacial surgeon should be consulted if surgery is deemed necessary.