The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) serves as a pivotal connection between the lower jaw and the skull, and is the joint which allows you to perform daily actions such as speaking, eating and yawning. TMJ disorder (TMD), often interchangeably referred to as TMJ, may result from various factors, including stress, bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), arthritis or physical trauma to the head, neck or jaw.

Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Persistent jaw or facial pain
  • Grinding, clicking or popping noises upon jaw movement
  • Limited ability to open your mouth
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when chewing
  • Neck, shoulder or ear pain
  • Recurring headaches or migraines

For individuals experiencing such symptoms, seeking professional evaluation and treatment from our skilled dentist is crucial. Through a comprehensive examination, Dr. Leland Judd can identify the underlying causes and severity of your condition, tailoring a personalized treatment plan accordingly.

TMJ treatments are diverse and may include a variety of different approaches based on individual needs. These may include targeted jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle adjustments to alleviate stress, restorative dental procedures to correct bite alignment or the use of a custom-fitted mouthguard or night guard to mitigate teeth grinding and clenching habits. In more severe cases, surgical intervention might be recommended to address structural issues within the jaw joint.

We understand the impact that TMJ disorders can have on daily comfort and quality of life, which is why we are committed to providing compassionate care and effective solutions to our patients. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation with our dentist. Together, we can explore the most appropriate course of action to alleviate your discomfort and restore optimal jaw function. Call us at 608-838-9731 or text us at 855-868-0183 today to schedule a consultation at McFarland Family Dental and learn more about TMJ treatment in McFarland, Wisconsin!

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