TMJ is the term commonly used when actually referring to TMD, Temporomandibular Disorders, a complex group of disorders that are characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. An estimated 35 million adults suffer from TMD and there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders.
Dr. Cobb has treated a number of patients with TMJ disorders, which is a primary focus in his post graduate education. Using the latest technology, Dr. Cobb is able to identify, diagnose and treat the root cause of TMJ disorders offering patients relieve from persistent and painful symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ is actually a broad term for a group of symptoms. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Trauma, accidents may create disharmony in the TMJ
- Locked jaw
- Frequent headaches – There is a strong link between TMJ disorders and migraines
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ
There is no one size fits all solution for any dental problem, particularly in regards to TMJ disorders. Each problem is unique to the individual patient and treatment planning is entirely dependent on the diagnosis. Dr. Cobb has extensive experience working with TMJ patients. This experience gives him a library of cases to reference and compare to when creating a treatment plan. Each relationship Dr. Cobb forms with a patient begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Aided by state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Cobb is able to diagnose a patient to treat the source of the pain and disfunction rather than simply the symptoms.
Taking a Conservative Approach
When treating patients with TMJ, it Dr. Cobb’s belief that “less is best.” Finding the source of the problem and making the necessary corrections, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. Therapies for TMJ may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Splints / Occlusal Devices
- Changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or malalignment
Featured Technology: TScan
Patients who have been suffering for years with TMJ symptoms often have an imbalance in their bite. Many patients have visited several doctors and dentists in an attempt to relieve their pain. Dr. Cobb has invested in technology and diagnostic tools to get an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition. One tool he uses to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ is the TScan.
TScan is a computerized occlusal (bite) analysis system that allows Dr. Cobb to quickly and accurately determine how balanced a patient’s bite is. The improper function and imbalance of the teeth coming together can cause pain, fractures, nighttime teeth grinding, increased headaches, neck pain, tooth-wear, and so much more. The TScan shows what traditional X-rays or occlusal paper cannot – the force and alignment of a patient’s bite in real time. Learn More about TScan.
If you are suffering with TMJ or have TMJ symptoms, contact our office for a consultation and comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Cobb.