tmj dentist

TMJ Dentist For Patients In Tampa, Lakeland, Bartow, Plant City, Sun City & Winter Haven

tmj-dentistOur TMJ dentist specialize in diagnosing and treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), which is also referred to as TMJ, which is the temporomandibular joint. A qualified dentist that specializes in TMJ has specialized training in working on the temporomandibular joint and the relationship it has to dental problems and other related body pains. The training for a dentist specializing in TMJ includes general dentistry as well as neuromuscular dentistry, maxillofacial and orofacial pain treatment, as well as orthodontics and restoration.

The temporomandibular joint allows the opening and closing of the lower joint when chewing, speaking or yawning. If the joint gets inflamed, it may cause pain in the jaw area. When most people visit a TMJ dentist, they have experienced a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Frequent and recurring headaches
  • Frequent and recurring earaches
  • Clicking or popping noise when chewing
  • Pain and discomfort when chewing
  • Lockjaw

Lockjaw, a common problem with TMJ, occurs when the person opens or closes their mouth and the joint becomes locked in either the open or closed position. This is usually only temporary, but usually requires a cosmetic dentist or a TMJ dentist manipulating the jaw, until it is shifted back into place. There are several reasons why TMJ problems may occur, such as misaligned dental work or an overbite, which will require basic adjustments. In many cases, a dentist may recommend a night guard to help prevent teeth grinding, which can irritate the jaw.

If you are experiencing problems with TMJ or other problems or that may increase the risk of inflammation, such as teeth grinding while sleeping, contact us to schedule an appointment. We offer 6 convenient locations through central Florida including Tampa, Lakeland, Plant City, Bartow, Sun City, and Winter Haven.