TMJ & TMD Conditions

TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull and enables the jaw to move. There are two temporomandibular joints in the body, one on each side of the jaw. These joints are located in the front of the ears. 

The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint is a bilateral joint and functions as one unit. This area includes a vast network of muscles, nerves, and bones. 

The movement of the jaw is usually a smooth movement without popping or clicking sounds or discomfort.  However, sometimes changes in life or with the jaw and it’s movement, can occur and cause problems. 

Possible situations that can cause issues with the temporomandibular joint are

  • clenching
  • genetics
  • injury
  • stress
  • misalignment of teeth
  • arthritis

Dysfunction with this joint can lead to pain and discomfort. Dysfunction with the joint is called TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. 

Some symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder are

  • headaches
  • popping or clicking sounds in the jaw joint
  • jaw pain
  • neck and face pain
  • ringing in the ears
  • worn or chipped teeth
  • locking of the jaw 
  • limited jaw movement 

Because the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder are so varied, often people never discover that they have these disorders, and so they do not receive the proper treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder.  At dentists in Prescott Valley we are dedicated to the care and comfort of our patients. 

At our office we do a thorough exam on all our patients and this includes checking for TMD.  We commonly see patients who have been in pain for years and never knew that they’ve suffered from TMD or TMJ disorders. On the bright side, once you have been diagnosed, there are a variety of treatment options that our office provides. 

Some treatments that we recommend for patients dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder are….

  • stress reducing recommendations 
  • facial muscle exercises 
  • lifestyle changes
  • medications
  • splints or night guard
  • surgery

All treatment recommended by the dentist will focus on and fit each patient individual needs and unique case.  Enjoy a comfortable atmosphere at PV Dentistry. We have been providing the Prescott Valley, AZ area with high quality family, cosmetic, periodontal, pediatrician, and restoration services. We are here to assist you with all of your dental needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Contact us at (928) 772-8175.

PV Dentistry

8154 E Florentine Rd,
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314