TMJ is the term widely in use when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), an complex group of disorders characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. It is estimated that 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorders, however, there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating these complicated conditions.
Dr. Alexander had focused much of his post graduate training on the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Disorders. Using the latest technique combined with state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Alexander is able to identify, diagnose, and treat the root cause of TMJ disorders and provide relief to patients suffering from persistent and painful symptoms.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
There are many causes for TMJ Disorders, most often, it is trauma to the face or head. Patients with TMJ Disorders often exhibit signs and symptoms very different from one another, which makes diagnosing TMJ Disorders a challenge. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Difficulty opening or “locked” jaw
- Frequent headaches or migraines.
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
Diagnosing and TMJ Treatment in Jacksonville
In dentistry, there is no one size fits all solution for any problem or condition; this couldn’t be more true for TMJ Disorders. Each problem is unique to the individual patient and treatment planning is entirely dependent on the diagnosis. Dr. Alexander has worked with many TMJ patients, giving him a library of cases to reference and compare to when creating a TMJ treatment plan.
TMJ Treatment Methods in Jacksonville
When treating patients with TMJ Disorders, Dr. Alexander takes a conservative approach, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. Therapies for TMJ may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Mouth guards or splints
- Changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or malalignment
If you are suffering have chronic pain in the jaw, frequent, unexplained headaches or other TMJ symptoms, contact our Jacksonville dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander.