Your temporomandibular (TMJ) joints (located just under the ears) may be small, but they have an incredibly important function. They connect your jaw to the skull, allowing for smooth, functional movement as you eat, speak, and smile. Unfortunately, this big responsibility can quickly go wrong if dysfunction or aggravation occurs in the TMJ joints or the surrounding muscles. Today, estimates show that around 10 million people in the United States currently suffer from TMJ disorder (also known as TMD), with countless cases left undiagnosed.
At Lifetime Dental, Agawam dentist, Dr. Frank Michitti and the rest of our team want to help patients recover from this painful, even debilitating health condition, and we can do so with effective therapy options. Contact our Agawam & Feeding Hills, MA practice today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions for us. We also welcome new patients from Springfield, MA and other surrounding areas.
There are various causes behind TMJ disorder, and because of this, symptoms can be varied and conflicting from case to case. However, there are certain indications that patients can look for, including:
If you believe that you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, please don’t hesitate to let Dr. Michitti know at your next checkup. He can perform a thorough assessment of your jaw and bite, looking for signs of potential aggravation and wear-and-tear. If he determines that you’re in need of treatment, multiple options are available that can help provide solid, lasting relief.