TMJ/TMD - Maricopa, AZ

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) Treatments

Are you prone to headaches or migraines, or grinding your teeth? Do you find yourself massaging your temples and jaw to relieve tension? If you answered yes, you might be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from TMJ/TMD.

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TMJ/TMD at Maricopa Dental Center

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJD stands for Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Your Temporomandibular joint is an intricate system of nerve receptors, muscles, tendons, and the temporomandibular joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ/TMD is used to describe dysfunction or any other condition affecting the jaw joint. Stress, excessive forces (from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw), and imbalances within your body can interfere with your TMJ health, causing several symptoms, the least of which is chronic pain.

TMJ/TMD at Maricopa Dental Center

How Can Dr. Taylor Help You?

If you have experienced the pain we described, you may want to know how we can help you. We are pleased to inform you that we can go directly to the cause of your pain rather than just treating your symptoms. Dr. Taylor and his professionals can customize a mouth appliance or mouth guard you wear while you sleep. This will help your jaw relax and prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth without realizing you are doing it while you sleep. At Maricopa Dental Center, we custom-make your oral appliance for comfort and convenience. This non-invasive alternative could be your ticket to a happy TMJ.

TMJ/TMD at Maricopa Dental Center

Signs you may have TMJD

Chronic myofascial pain: head, neck, face, jaw, shoulder or chronic migraines

Pain, grinding, clenching or stiffness of the jaw

Clicking or locking of the jaw (trismus)

Difficulty chewing, speaking, or opening and closing the mouth

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TMJ/TMD at Maricopa Dental Center

Other Contributing Factors

Along with stress and being a woman increasing your likelihood of TMJ dysfunction, the following factors would be considered in a diagnosis:

-Misaligned teeth
- Bite problems
- Missing teeth
- Imbalanced forces
- Traumatic injury
- Whiplash
- Bruxism (jaw clenching)

Dr. Tim Taylor and his team of dental professionals are here to answer your questions about TMJ, long-term pain relief, and any other dental needs you may have. Call us today and schedule your appointment now. 

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