Approximately 35 million people suffer from Tempormandibular Disorder, commonly known as TMJ, in the United States. TMJ disorders are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by health care professionals. Treating TMJ disorders with TMJ therapy should be reserved for medical professionals with experience and expertise in the field.
Dr. Kimberley Daxon and Dr. Deborah Lowry perform a comprehensive evaluation on all patients before determining a course of action. Starting with a thorough physical examination of the head, mouth, jaw joints, muscles and teeth, Dr. Daxon and Dr. Lowry establish an occlusal (bite) base line. Using advanced technology and models, Dr. Daxon and Dr. Lowry prepare an individualized treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and correct problems.
Symptoms of TMJ
Pain is the most common symptom of TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders are highly complex, symptoms may often overlap with other conditions. Always consult with a trained professional before seeking treatment. Common symptoms of TMJ may include:
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Headaches, sometimes migraines
- Limited mobility or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking or popping of the jaw joint
- Dull ache or pressure in the ears, sometimes decreased hearing
If you think you have TMJ disorder, consult Dr. Kim Daxon and Dr. Deborah Lowry for a professional opinion and treatment recommendation. Treatment may be as simple as a night guard or splint therapy. Surgical treatment is typically reserved for severe cases and only after conservative options have been attempted.