Your TMJ specialist in Centerville knows how to get results
TMJ disorder does more than cause a little clicking in the jaw. When the joints located at each side of the head become dysfunctional, all surrounding structures are at risk for unpleasant discomfort. Earaches or persistent headaches may develop, as can neck and shoulder pain – symptoms that you might not immediately recognize as related to the jaw. As oral structures are a part of a larger entity, sensations travel from one area to another.
At Alex Bell Dental, your TMJ specialist, Dr. Cobb, takes a well-rounded approach to the treatment of TMJ disorder. Our Centerville patients benefit greatly from this approach, which incorporates suitable dental care as well as physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. Where a single form of therapy may be able to reduce some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, the addition of various therapies addresses the cause, not just the symptoms, leading to long-term results.
Chiropractic deals with the relationship between vertebrae and nerves. In addressing TMJ disorder, our partner chiropractor will check for misalignment of the spine, which can occur for many reasons. Just like our teeth need to be in proper alignment, so do the bones in the spine. When they are not, muscles become tense and pain can develop. Successful chiropractic care may include treating trigger points around the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs. Trigger points are the small clusters of muscle fibers that feel like knots. The back and neck are evaluated as an underlying cause of TMJ disorder.
Treating the muscles around TMJs, in the neck and shoulder, and in the back can lead to improved posture, better-flowing signals between the brain and the body, and decreased pressure on the jaw joints. This type of therapy, performed by a skilled chiropractor, makes an ideal complement to dental therapy.
When we think of our mouths, we tend to forget the underlying structures that provide us with optimal function. TMJ disorder can occur for a number of reasons. With our multiple-aspect treatment plan, finding a solution to this uncomfortable problem is priority number one.
TMJ disorder may present differently in any patient. Clicking of the jaw is only one of the various symptoms that may serve as a warning sign that treatment is necessary. Dr. Cobb has the experience and expertise to help you determine if TMJ disorder is causing your symptoms, and the comprehensive technique to get you back to full function.
Contact Alex Bell Dental for effective TMJ disorder treatment.
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