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TMJ Disorder Treatment
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a set of problems relating to the way that the jaw functions.  The TMJ joint is a complex and heavily innervated (a lot of nerves) joint that impacts everything from difficulty in chewing to intense pain.  The joint is comprised of many moving parts and a thorough examination is needed to determine the best form of treatment.  If TMJ Disorder is left untreated, it will cause more acute and chronic issues in the future.  Early detection and treatment are the best solutions for TMJ disorder.

TMJ Disorders occur for a variety of reasons.  Patients may knowingly or not clench or grind teeth during the day or especially at night.  Clenching and grinding the jaw joint creates undue stress on the muscles and teeth resulting in pain.  Injuries to the jaw can stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, TMJ Disorder occurs when the disk, or cushion of the jaw joint, slips out of position.  

Unfortunately, TMJ Disorder cannot be cured, however, it can be very successfully treated by Dr. Puckett.  Each patient will undergo a thorough examination along with X-rays or imaging to determine the cause and the best course of treatment, perhaps including a custom occlusal (night or Bite ) guard to treat symptoms..  

The guard has many names, but essentially, prevents the jaw muscles from clenching causing stress to the joint, the joint disc and muscles.  The guard may be an excellent solution for your TMJ Disorder.

If you suffer from jaw pain, unexplained ear pain, neck pain or face pain, it’s time for a consultation for possible TMJ Disorder.