TMJ Therapy for the Clinton Community
In these stressful times, TMJ dysfunction (or TMD) is an increasingly common problem. TMD can lead to severe and even debilitating pain and function problems, and it can also damage your teeth. That’s why Crown Hill Dentistry offers Clinton, Indiana and surrounding areas TMJ therapy. We want to make sure that our patients are able to live and function as pain free as possible.
How do you know if you need TMJ therapy? There are several signs you might notice that can alert you to TMJ problems and the possible need for treatment. These symptoms include:
- Jaw Pain
- Ear Pain
- Ear Congestion
- Chronic Headaches
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Jaw Clicking or Popping
- Restricted Jaw Movement
- Tooth Pain
- Wearing Teeth
Many people don’t realize that some of these symptoms can be signs of TMJ problems. For instance, few people suffering with chronic migraine headaches visit the dentist to explore the possibility of TMD – but if you’re experiencing chronic headaches (or jaw, neck or shoulder pain), you’ll want to look into TMD. Even chronic ear congestion can be a symptom of TMD, so don’t overlook the health of your TMJ.
TMD can place pressure on your teeth, too, leading to chipping, cracking, loosening, and even tooth loss. This is just another reason that we don’t recommend that you simply live with the pain of TMD. Even if you’re not experiencing pain, we may recommend TMJ therapy if you notice tooth wear.
Dr. Gooding understands the importance of diagnosis and utilizes the latest technology to assess the TMJ. We use 3d imaging (cone beam computed tomography or CBCT) to assess the healthy of the TMJ and airway. Dr. Gooding also utilizes jjoint vibrational analysis which records the vibrations created by joint fluid, cartilage and bone as you open and close your mouth. This test allows us to objectively measure and document the health of your Jaw Joint in just 10 seconds of opening and closing. It can be used to help diagnose problems with the joint that can be the cause of breakdown or pain, and can help us make sure we are aware of any underlying issues before performing any treatment that could damage or strain your jaw joints.
If you are experiencing anything mentioned above please contact us so that Dr. Gooding can perform a thorough evaluation of the TMJ, airway and oral health.