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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders describe a host of problems that affect the bite, jaw joint, and muscle of the head and neck. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "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 problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to be effective. Dr. Bedrock can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw. Dr. Bedrock is experienced in the diagnosis and management of the TMJ disorders. He will work with your dentist, orthodontist, physical therapist and neurologist.
TMJ 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 TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they're treated.
There are various treatment options that Dr. Bedrock can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Bedrock 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. Should surgery be required, Dr. Bedrock is specially qualified to handle such procedures as: