TMJ Durham

by | October 13, 2010 @ 01:00PM

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Do you suffer from pain in your face, jaw, neck, and/or shoulders, popping in your jaw, or difficulty chewing? If so, you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition that may be remedied with one of various treatments provided by a qualified professional.


The jaw joint is responsible for making facial expressions, speaking, chewing, biting and swallowing. TMJ restricts the mobility of the jaw, causes pain, swelling and other problems. There is no one effective therapy for TMJ, but a series of different kinds of treatments is the best course of action. The National Institutes of Health estimate TMJ affects 10 million Americans. You should see a specialist in Durham right away if you are experiencing TMJ symptoms.

Some common symptoms of TMJ are ringing in the ears, ear pain, dizziness, swelling, uncomfortable bite, neck and back pain and other symptoms. TMJ is described as either myofascial or internal derangement of joint. Myofascial refers to pain in the muscle jaw. Internal derangement of joint TMJ is the displacement of the disk that cushions the skull and the jaw bone. Treatment ranges from hot and cold packs all the way up to surgery. Surgery is not usually recommended because it can make the problem worse.

Causes of TMJ are not exactly known, but they could be related to hormones, injury, genetics autoimmune disorders and others. When you visit your Durham physician, you'll get a physical examination and possibly an X-ray or MRI. Sometimes the best way to diagnose TMJ is to rule out other problems like tooth decay, ear infection, sinus infection and migraine headaches.

Cost of TMJ Treatment

As every patient is unique and displays his/her own symptoms, the final cost of the treatment will vary based on which technique(s) is used. A more accurate estimate of your fees can be discussed during a consultation.

We can help you find many qualified doctors in Durham that can treat TMJ. Take a look at our listings and let us help you today.

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