TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder is manifested as pain in the jaw area. It may affect a person’s ability to eat, swallow, talk, or open and close the mouth. The causes of TMJ vary, and so do the treatments, depending on the severity of the disorder. Dr. Rothwell has been very successful in correcting TMJ and will thoroughly evaluate your condition and recommend what treatment is best for you.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Though pain is the most common symptom, here is a list of other things to look for relating to TMJ Disorder:
- Difficulty or pain chewing
- A clicking or grating sound when using your jaw
- Inability to open the mouth fully
- Jaw locks in the open position
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitis)
- Persistent earaches
Each case of TMJ is unique and must be treated as such. When you first meet with Dr. Rothwell, the two of you will go over your symptoms as well as check your jaw and bite. She has state-of-the-art digital technology that will enable her to see exactly how your bite is functioning. Based on those results she’ll design a treatment plan to get you out of pain and get your jaw functioning properly. She prefers to do the most conservative treatment possible, in order not to be unnecessarily invasive.