Over 10 million Americans may suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle (TMJ) disorders. At Warm Family Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Scott Cold diagnoses and treats this troublesome condition that hampers jaw function. TMJ disorders can be painful and disrupt your daily routine, so don't hesitate to see Dr. Cold. If you notice persistent jaw pain and have trouble opening and closing your mouth, call or use the online scheduling agent to make an appointment and begin treatment.
The TMJ is a joint that functions as a sliding hinge, controlling the opening and closing of your jaw. One on each side of your jaw connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders cause pain in the joint and muscles that control jaw functions like chewing and speaking.
It’s often difficult to pin down specific causes of TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders can be linked to several risk factors, including:
Discomfort from TMJ disorders is often temporary, and you can relieve it with self-managed care or nonsurgical therapeutic techniques.
Here are some common symptoms of TMJ disorders to look out for:
If you have a TMJ disorder, you may also hear a clicking sound or feel a grating sensation when you chew or open your mouth. However, if you hear your jaw click but you have no difficulty opening or closing your mouth and feel no pain, you most likely don’t require treatment for a TMJ disorder.
First, Dr. Cold examines your jaw. He listens for popping sounds when you open and close your mouth, observes your jaw’s range of motion, and presses on your jaw to assess pain and discomfort.
Since malocclusion -- uneven bite problems -- is often a trigger cause, Dr. Cold uses the T-Scan™ Novus™ dental occlusion analysis system. Its cutting-edge digital software helps Dr. Cold make precise adjustments to your teeth to correct malocclusion and treat the root cause of TMJ disorders.
He also offers prolotherapy, an orthopedic procedure that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes to restore injured joints and connective tissue, including the TMJ.
Prolotherapy involves a series of natural stem cell injections. Dr. Cold administers these directly to your TMJ to elicit a mild inflammatory response. Your body’s natural reaction is to grow new, healthy ligament and tendon fibers, which strengthens your damaged TMJ. Ongoing treatment helps you develop strong tissue over time, leading to a full recovery.
If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule appointment at the Salt Lake City office.