The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull on both sides of the mouth. TMD refers to temporomandibular disorders, which are issues that affect the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the TMJ.
Indications of TMD include:
- Clicking in the joint
- Stiffness and/or pain in the jaw
- Sticking of the jaw either open or closed
- Clenching of the teeth
- Pain in the jaw, cheeks and temples, especially upon waking
Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can diagnose TMD during your dental exam and will review your specific dental history, including any injuries to the TMJ and the symptoms you experience. Once a diagnosis is made, treatments may include night guards, bridges, crowns, implants, symptom relief or other methods to improve the function of your jaw. We will work with you to find the best combination of treatments to help you regain your oral health and physical well-being.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, call our office at (919) 303-8999 today for a consultation to determine whether TMD is the cause and to begin working towards a solution. According to your needs, our dentist can get you started on professional TMJ treatment in Cary, North Carolina. We look forward to serving you!