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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a muscle that connects the jaw bone to the temporal joints in front of your ears on either side of your face. It allows for jaws movements such as biting, chewing and speaking. When this joint becomes damaged, we refer to the condition as TMJ disorder (TMD). Without proper care from a specially-trained dentist like Dr. Daren Becker, symptoms could lead to other conditions like chronic, severe headaches, neck and back pain and even depression. TMD is often caused by:
The symptoms associated with this condition are often debilitating, affecting sleep, happiness and your ability to perform normal daily tasks. If you are struggling with any of the following, there are treatment options available:
Sometimes, simple at-home remedies can help to ease the pain or discomfort of TMD, but in many cases, a more comprehensive treatment may be necessary. If you have been living with the pain associated with this condition, Dr. Daren Becker can help you get your life back.
As a Pankey-trained professional, Dr. Becker has undergone rigorous continuing education courses to learn about TMJ disorders and how to effectively treat them. Through his training, he gained a unique knowledge and understanding of the way this joint works to offer treatments such as bite guards.
Bite guards are often recommended in cases where the main cause of TMJ disorder is from teeth grinding or bruxism. They protect your teeth and jaw from damage by limiting the movement, especially while you sleep. This effective method has helped countless patients treat their TMJ disorder symptoms to live life normally again.