Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ / TMD)

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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder, or TMD), refers to jaw pain or discomfort in the area of the jaw, face, scalp, and/or jaw joint. The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull, so when you experience discomfort with that connection, it manifests pain in those areas.

Causes and TMJ symptoms

I have had great success with TMJ treatment. Possible causes for TMJ disorder may include accident trauma, grinding or clenching your teeth, an incorrect bite (how your teeth fit together when you bite), or medical conditions. TMJ symptoms can include:

  • headaches and migraines
  • forehead, ear, or temple pain
  • visible tooth wear
  • tooth breakage
  • tooth sensitivity
  • mouth/face/cheek/ chin tenderness or pain, and
  • jaw locking when opened or closed.

TMJ treatment

TMJ can also cause a clicking or popping of your jaw when you chew or open your mouth, but if there is no pain or movement limitation associated with those actions, then more than likely you will not need treatment for TMJ disorder.

Many of the above conditions, however, are treatable through dental procedures and are related to the muscles that open and close your jaw. The better we communicate about your symptoms, the better I can pinpoint the exact location of your jaw pain and make an informed decision about whether or not you have TMJ disorder. If you do, many conditions can be treated conservatively in our office.

Regardless of what the diagnosis or treatment is, it is my job to talk with you about your options, formulate a TMJ treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have. I want you to feel comfortable with the treatment I have prescribed, knowing that you are in good hands and that your dental health and TMJ symptoms will be treated in the most effective way.

If you have any questions about TMJ, I invite you to visit my Frequently Asked Questions page, or click on any of the buttons below to learn more about my other dental services. You can also contact me to schedule an examination and consultation, or second opinion, today. I will be happy to speak with you. 

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“I was experiencing headaches, facial pain, ear pain, muscle pain and extreme fatigue. I was unable to carry out my daily activities without being miserable. After telling a co-worker about my daily pain, she recommended I call her dentist, Dr. Zanni. I was fitted for a mouthpiece that very same day. I’m SO happy to report I haven’t had a headache since the day I started wearing it. Today, all of my TMJ pain has gone away, my energy has returned, and I’m back to doing the things I was doing a year ago. I have literally had NO TMJ pain since the day I started seeing Dr. Zanni, and I will be forever grateful!”

–Jackie Deming

“Dr. Zanni asked me if I wanted him to do a bite adjustment because my teeth didn’t fit together very well. He explained what was going to happen, and then did his dentist thing, reshaping some of the surfaces of my teeth. The result was that for the first time in a very long time, when my mouth was at rest, my teeth fit together properly with no little knobs and twists. During the next week, I noticed that my almost-daily waking TMJ headaches were gone, and that has continued—no more morning TMJ headaches. The bite adjustment seemed almost like magic to me; what he did worked!”

–Fred Moir

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What a great experience I have had with Dr. Zanni, Ginny, and the team. I had been 'hiding" from the dentist for far longer than I like to admit, and they were amazing. They went out of their way to make it a painless and pleasant experience. They are top notch in my book, and I highly recommend them.

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