Three Convenient Locations!

Luminous Dental AZ
(SE Corner of Gantzel Rd & Ocotillo Rd)
Mesa Dentistry

40615 North Gantzel Road
Suite B105

San Tan Valley, AZ 85140

(480) 784-3327

East Mesa Office
(SW Corner of Ellsworth Rd & Baseline Rd)
Mesa Dentistry

9061 E. Baseline Road
Suite B103

Mesa, AZ 85209

(480) 380-3737

Mesa Office
(NW Corner of Country Club Road & 60)
Mesa Dentistry

1440 South Country Club Drive
Suite 23

Mesa, AZ 85210

(480) 461-3400

Diseases of the Oral Cavity

TMJ Disorders

Among the most common, irritating and difficult to diagnose problems with head and neck pain are temporal mandibular joint problems, more commonly known as TMJ problems. The joint is located near the ear where the top of the mandible or lower jaw meets the upper jaw at the base of the skull.

Like all other joints in the body, the TMJ is subject to inflammation and other chronic joint problems. Many of these issues may be caused by destructive bite habits like clenching or grinding. These actions cause pressure on the joint that can lead to inflammation and general breakdown of the joint itself.

What makes TMJ problems difficult to diagnose and treat properly is the fact that the symptoms vary widely in both location and severity. Symptoms can range from a slight clicking in the jaw with no pain to severe head and neck pain which is not relieved by medication.

Once diagnosed properly treatments include everything from simple placement of a nightguard, which prevents pressure on the joint to surgical intervention in more severe cases. A dental health professional is the person most able to diagnose this widely variable and very common issue.

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