In recent years, dentists and other specialists have become increasingly aware of the effects of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This common condition occurs when the jaw joints become damaged or inflamed. This can cause significant discomfort and a host of oral-systemic symptoms. If you are in need of TMJ disorder treatment, Memphis dentist Timothy Hacker offers effective, personalized care for the condition. He uses custom-made mouth guards to alleviate pressure on your joints and prevent tooth grinding. TMJ disorder can have widespread consequences for your health and quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about how Dr. Hacker can effectively treat your condition.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
Your TMJs consist of a complex system of bone, ligament, and muscle. You use these joints to chew, speak, yawn, and make countless other motions throughout the day. As a result, they are under constant pressure, and the soft cushioning discs inside the joints can slip out of place. When this occurs, the bones will rub against one another, causing significant discomfort. Alternatively, the surrounding muscles and ligaments may become inflamed, sending radiating pain throughout your head and neck. If you suffer from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, your jaw is moving constantly. Therefore, you are at a high risk of developing TMJ disorder.
Common symptoms of the condition include:
- Jaw pain
- Chronic headaches
- Neck, shoulder, and upper back pain
- A clicking noise when you open or close your jaw
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Jaw stiffness
- A locked jaw
Effective Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Typically, Dr. Hacker treats this condition with custom-made oral splints. He has designed his own mouthpieces to provide maximum comfort and highly effective treatment. These splints have a twofold purpose. First, they prevent you from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. Second, they can actually realign your jaw to reduce pressure on your joints. Typically, you will only need to wear your splint at night. However, if your symptoms are more severe, Dr. Hacker may recommend that you wear it during part of the day, as well.
Dr. Hacker is always looking to expand his practice and bring patients the latest in dental treatment. In the near future, he will offer BOTOX® Cosmetic as an alternative treatment for TMJ disorder. BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of botulinum toxin. This protein blocks nerve stimulation, paralyzing the muscle contractions that cause jaw tension.
How Treatment Can Benefit You
TMJ disorder not only causes discomfort and other frustrating symptoms, it can also harm the health of your teeth. Chronic teeth grinding can chip and crack teeth, causing them to eventually wear down. This can affect the appearance of your smile, as well as your bite. When Dr. Hacker treats TMJ disorder, he not only targets current symptoms, he also helps to prevent future health concerns.
Find Relief from Your Symptoms
If you are suffering jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ disorder, you deserve effective and lasting relief. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hacker.