TMJ Treatment in Temple
The small, triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears are known as your temporomandibular joints. Lined with cartilage, they’re designed to connect your lower jaw to your head. We have these joints to thank for our ability to open and close our mouths. For some patients, though, stress or an improper bite can cause them to dysfunction. When this happens, their nerve endings of these joints can become exposed, resulting in pain. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can range from mild to severe. They include jaw clicking, headaches, and sharp pain in your temple, ear, neck, or shoulders.
Because so many patients struggle with TMJ disorder Dr. Fossum and Dr. Elmore include a TMD evaluation in every checkup. If we find anything during your appointment, we’ll talk to you about your needs and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Our goal isn’t just to get rid of your uncomfortable symptoms, we also want to correct your smile’s underlying misalignment issues. To do this, we can fit you with a special bite appliance to protect your bite. We can also talk to you about ways to alleviate stress, in addition to offering nutritional advice that may help as well.
For more information about TMJ, TMD, or neuromuscular dentistry, call our office. Dr. Elmore wants to help you receive the relief you deserve.