If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw, or the jaw hinge joint, our team at Anchorage Dental Associates has experience in treating these issues, helping adjust your jaw alignment, and relieving discomfort. We understand how important the function of your jaw is, persistent pain is not an option, Dr. Charles Michael and Dr. Charles Spalding can help.
TMJ, is a shortened abbreviation referring to your jaw and and accompanying joint, known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When your jaw has been injured, or when your bite is out of alignment, you can suddenly be aware of exactly how often you use you jaw. Pain, clicking, or just the inability to open and close your mouth can be a constant source of discomfort.
What Does the Temporomandibular Joint Do?
The function of your TMJ is the motion and movement of your jaw. This joint allows your mouth to open and close, move up and down, and from side to side. This is needed for chewing, speaking, breathing and yawning. In fact, you use your jaw all day long. When your jaw is properly aligned, and your teeth together with proper bite, then your joint functions normally. When it does not, you can experience pain or tiredness in your jaw, pain in your ears, and even migraines.
Dr. Charles Michael or Dr. Charles Spalding will examine your joint for irregularities, and try to assess the source of your problem. Through a comprehensive exam, along with additional periodic exams, we will locate the problem, and create a treatment plan to solve the issue of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
How is TMD Treated?
TMD is generally caused from an alignment issue and there are several treatment methods available to help. Following your examination, we may recommend one of the following:
Dr. Charles Michael and Dr. Charles Spalding have extensive experience in helping to reduce pain, improve function and in perfecting the look of your smile. We will work closely with you to determine the treatment plan that is most ideally suited to your individual needs.
For more information on TMJ, or correcting problems associated with it, known as TMD, contact our Anchorage office, our staff is happy to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling an appointment. (907) 885-3666
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