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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had pain, earaches, headaches or a grating and/or clicking sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ Disorder problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TM joint disorders completely, and treatment takes time to be effective. Dr. Lawhon can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
TM joint disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.
The more times you answered “yes,” the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TM joint disorders will also help you understand how they’re treated.
There are various treatment options that Dr. Lawhon can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TM joint disorder, Dr. Lawhon will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care.