Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD) are complex conditions that can create severe pain as well as dental complications.
Complications of TMJD
The effects of TMJ disorders don’t just mean jaw pain; they can interfere with your quality of life. Symptoms of TMJD include:
- Pain throughout the head, neck, jaws and shoulders
- Earaches/ringing or stuffiness in the ears
- Clicking or popping noises when moving your lower jaw
- Tenderness of head and neck muscles/muscle spasms
- Difficulty opening the mouth or chewing or locked jaw
Non-Invasive Splint Therapy
Treating disorders of the TMJ doesn’t always have to mean surgery. In fact, non-invasive care is almost always the preferred method of treatment. Outcomes are more predictable and preventive, allowing patients to halt symptoms and prevent new ones from developing.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
Our stressful lifestyles have a lot to do with the development of TMJD, but it isn’t the only contributor. There are a number of conditions that can make a person susceptible to the condition. Classic causes include:
- Bruxism / Grinding / Clenching of the teeth
- Misaligned teeth that do not bite together properly
- Stress and anxiety
- Certain prescription medications and recreational drugs
- Osteoarthritis and joint diseases
- Head and neck trauma
Access to TMJD Care in Baton Rouge
The earlier your needs are addressed, the less long-term damage there is for your smile. We encourage patients to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kidder for a TMJ and bite analysis if they are suffering from new or chronic symptoms of the condition. His background – that includes a solid foundation of knowledge from the LSU School of Dentistry, the guidance of his father and specific continuing education – offers a unique perspective to help alleviate your issues.