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Centerville patients ask, “What is TMJ and how can a dentist help with diagnosis and treatment?”

What is TMJ and How Can a Dentist Help Centerville area

Do you clench or tighten your jaw? Clenching the jaw may be the result of stress, an overworked jaw, or an injury. It can result in jaw pain, tenderness, or TMJ issues. In Centerville, Dr. Daniel Cobb of Alex Bell Dental explains what TMJ is and how a dentist can help. Dr. Cobb understands the workings of the jaw and can diagnose problems with the joint. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for relieving jaw stress. What is TMJ? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint near the ears where the temporal bones and jaw meet. The joint allows the … Continue reading

Dentist in Centerville, OH area offers treatment for patients with TMJ symptoms

At Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, OH, patients are urged to ask their dentist about any conditions or problems that may arise that cause concern.

At Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, OH, patients are urged to ask their dentist about any conditions or problems that may arise that cause concern. A condition that often involves the jaw joint and becomes problematic for many adult patients is that of TMJ or TMD. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint” which is the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw together. It can become dysfunctional, resulting in a more chronic condition referred to as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The symptoms of this condition are easy for our dental team to spot, and our dentist, Dr. Daniel … Continue reading

Dentist in Centerville discusses TMD: What it is and how it can be managed

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If you live with the pain of constant headaches, jaw aches and a head that hurts, you could be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, or TMD. There are two main kinds of TMD: those with muscle pain and those with jaw joint pain. There isn’t one single known cause of TMD, instead it is usually the result of several factors that may include: trauma to the jaw, certain disease, or even arthritis. There can also be other contributing factors to TMD such as clenching and grinding (bruxism), lack of sleep, stress, and muscle tension. Screening for TMD is a routine … Continue reading

Finding the best treatment for TMJ disorder in Centerville

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Many teens and adults experience occasional tightness in their jaw. In most cases, it’s caused by overuse or stress. However, when it is painful, or if it’s consistent for more than several days, it may be caused by inflammation of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). When the joint is dysfunctional, it can cause pain, a clicking sound, jaw lock, headaches, or ringing in the ears. Many things can cause TMJ inflammation. For example, some people notice that clenching or grinding the teeth can cause discomfort because the joint is overworked. While this sounds like something that patients should be able to … Continue reading

Centerville patients ask about tingling hands and other ways that TMJ can affect the body

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TMJ problems can occur for a number of reasons. Persistent grinding and clenching, often related to stress could be a cause. Another common cause for TMJ is a poor bite. The pain from TMJ can be intense and located right around the joint, or it can be dull and aching, more like an earache. In addition, patients in the Centerville area with TMJ may also experience symptoms in other areas of the body. The symptoms of TMJ can range from earaches and headaches, all the way down to tingling in the hands and fingers. Because of this, diagnosing the condition … Continue reading

Effective options for treatment of TMJ disorders in Centerville

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TMJ is a common condition that affects the jaw joints. TMJ can be painful for the patient and challenging to diagnose because of the wide variance in symptoms between patients. As a dentist, Dr. Cobb is specially trained to understand how the mouth works, so he is able to effectively diagnose and treat the disorder. Alex Bell Dental is a holistic dental practice, which means all of our treatments and procedures are built upon the belief of restoring health and quality of life to the patient. Our team is committed to bringing relief to patients who are suffering with TMJ … Continue reading

Dayton residents ask, “What are TMJ Disorders?”

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Chances are you have heard of TMJ disorders, but aren’t completely sure what it means. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. To get a sense of what it does, put your fingers on both sides of your face, just beneath the ear where you feel a small indentation. Then open and close your mouth to feel the jaw moving within the socket. For most people, this process causes no pain, but people with TMJ disorders feel pain. When the pain persists for several days, with or without a clicking noise, the patient … Continue reading

The facts about TMJ in Centerville OH

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TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. Your TMJs are the hinges that attach your lower jaw to your skull, while allowing it to move freely – up and down, side to side, and forward. When they act up they can cause a range of discomforts. That’s temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Headaches, earaches, jaw pain, noises, and loss of jaw mobility are just a few of them. The recurrent and chronic nature of TMD triggers sleeplessness and depression in some sufferers. If you feel you might have TMD, it is important to have valid information. A good way to … Continue reading

Why treatment for TMJ in our Centerville practice involves multiple modalities

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Most people think of their dentist as the person who cares for their teeth and gums. Dr. Cobb also extends his expertise to the treatment of TMJ disorder, a condition that tends to produce pain, clicking, and limited range of motion in the jaw. Various factors can lead to the irritation of the joints located at the back of the jaw, called the temporomandibular joints. Gum chewing has been named one possible culprit, but often we find that a patient grinds his or her teeth at night, resulting in undue stress on the jaw and TMJ disorder. The approach we … Continue reading

Your TMJ specialist in Centerville knows how to get results

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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 … Continue reading


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