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TMJ/TMD

woman with jaw painIf your jaw or the muscles on the side of your face constantly ache, and if you experience a popping or clicking sound every time you move your jaw, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. TMJ is a disorder that affects nearly 10 million Americans. Until recently, it was a highly misunderstood condition that went left untreated. Thanks to advances in dental technology and leaps and bounds in this particular field of research, dental professionals can now identify TMJ and provide patients with long overdue relief. If you're tired of living with chronic jaw pain, visit our Littleton dentist for the TMJ treatment you need and deserve.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

When left untreated, TMJ can grow progressively worse quickly. You can detect TMD through a few common symptoms, including:

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints when you open or close your mouth
  • Limited ability to open your mouth
  • Persistent headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Pain or tenderness in the ear or neck or face while chewing, talking or opening and closing your mouth

These symptoms can also be the result of another condition, which is why it is essential that you get an accurate diagnosis from a trained professional. If Dr. Hobbs or Dr. Meyer do find that you have TMJ, they will recommend a treatment plan to help restore your health and ensure that you live the rest of your life in comfort.

Complications of TMJ

As mentioned above, TMJ can become complicated quickly. Some possible complications of TMJ disorder include:

  • Deterioration of the jaw bone
  • Joint tissue damage
  • Swelling

Though common pain relievers can provide temporary relief, if you want to experience life-long comfort, you need life-changing treatment. Talk to your Littleton dentist today about a treatment that is right for you.

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In milder cases, we can treat TMJ with mouthguards, retainers and orthodontic appliances. However, more extreme cases may require more invasive procedures. In the end, however, the results are the same: a life free of pain and a healthy smile. If you're tired of living in pain and discomfort, reach out to the team at Columbine Dental to discuss treatment options today. Call our office at (303) 979-4994 or contact us online.

Columbine Dental

  • Columbine Dental - 6691 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton, CO 80128 Phone: (303) 979-4994 Fax: (303) 979-2847

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