What is TMD/TMJ Disorder?
TMJ is is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This complex joint connects your jaw directly to your skull and enables you to talk, bite, and move your jaw in various directions. TMD/TMJ disorder can be a stress-related condition that usually manifests itself in the bundle of nerves and muscle connections in your jaw, neck, and shoulders. It can also be the result of a bite that is out of alignment or can occur when the muscles that surround the joint aren’t functioning properly. Clenching and grinding your teeth can make it worse.
Signs of TMD/TMJ Disorder
Do you have a recurring pain in your jaw that makes it uncomfortable for you to chew, laugh, talk, and even think sometimes? Migraine headaches are one of the most common reasons that people seek out TMJ therapy. But every case is different.
Other TMJ symptoms include:
- painful headaches
- muscle spasms
- clicking or popping in your jaw
- ringing in the ears
- sleeping disruptions
If this describes you, there’s a chance it might be temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
TMD/TMJ Treatment Options
Whether you have come in because you are suffering from pain or it has been discovered during a routine exam, Dr. Flax has decades of experience with TMJ treatment. Through his understanding of neuromuscular dentistry, he will perform an in-depth exam to analyze your bite and evaluate just how your jaw and bite are working together. Once the cause of the problem has been pinpointed, he will work with you to establish TMJ treatment recommendations. This could include everything from relaxation techniques to full-mouth reconstruction. Or it could mean being fitted for a small mouth guard to wear when you sleep in order to reposition your jaw into a more favorable position.
Specific treatment options vary immensely and are customized for each patient. But you can rest assured that Dr. Flax will never push you into any type of treatment. He will listen to your concerns and work together with you to create a plan that is right for you.
TMD/TMJ Dentist Credentials
Dr. Flax has been successfully treating TMJ since the early 1990s. He is a graduate of the Kois Center where he had the opportunity to train with nationally-recognized experts in TMJ and neuromuscular disorders. He also attended the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute. He participates in the Pankey Dawson Study Club for Advanced Dental Studies and is an active participant in the Pankey Alumni Group. Dr. Flax is passionate about continuing his knowledge and improving his TMD/TMJ techniques with one goal in mind, to provide the highest level of care to relieve your TMJ pain.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, request an appointment to see Dr. Flax, Atlanta dentist. Come see us at our dental office in Sandy Springs near Brookhaven to discuss your diagnosis and explore an individualized treatment plan.