Identifying TMJ Disorder Symptoms

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Many patients come to Dr. Ettienne Van Zyl for TMD or TMJ treatment. Common TMJ symptoms include jaw pain, joint pain, upper and lower back pain, chronic headaches, vertigo, hearing loss, ear aches, tingling or numbness in the fingers, and more. Dr. Van Zyl has helped many Collierville patients successfully alleviate their TMJ symptoms with customized treatment plans that focus on bringing harmony between the teeth, joints, and jaw.

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Your jaw is connected to a network of muscles and tendons that extend through the face and neck. When the jaws do not meet properly, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) must overcompensate to create balance. This causes a chain reaction of strain throughout these connective tissues, which can result in a range of symptoms. Many who suffer from TMJ disorder do not know it, and do not pursue the appropriate treatment. Symptoms like lower back pain or tingling in the fingers do not usually register with sufferers as signs of jaw problems. Dr. van Zyl understands the complex interplay between the TMJs and the rest of the body, and has experience diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder using the latest technology. If you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, contact our Memphis practice today and schedule your consultation.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

woman with painful jawTMJ disorder can be the cause of a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Chronic headache or migraine
  • Face and jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Neck pain
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Sensation of water in the ears
  • Hearing loss
  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers
  • Lower back pain

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have TMJ disorder. To find out if you have TMJ, it is important to be evaluated by a professional such as Dr. van Zyl who has the training and technology to properly examine and diagnose TMJ.

TMJ Diagnosis

Dr. van Zyl can diagnose your TMJ in one office visit. Dr. van Zyl will examine your posture, your skull and head motion, and the balance of your bite. He can perform a radiographic TMJ evaluation and K7 analysis, and study the muscle palpitation surrounding your TMJs using advanced diagnostic tools. These state-of-the-art technologies are not found in many dental practices, yet are critical in accurately diagnosing TMJ disorder.

Overcoming Your Symptoms

If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. van Zyl has a variety of treatments to help you overcome your symptoms. Our advanced Transcultaneous Electrical Neural stimulation (TENS) machine can emit a painless electrical current that massages the jaw into a state of relaxation. This can help manage immediate pain, while your long-term treatment plan can include a customized orthotic splint to balance the bite. Bite reconstruction involving dental crowns, orthodontics, or coronoplasty (reshaping teeth) can also help patients achieve the necessary balance between the jaws, providing long-term TMJ disorder relief.

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If TMJ disorder symptoms are compromising your quality of life, please contact our practice today. We can determine the cause of your discomfort and help you achieve the relief you deserve.

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