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TMJ Dentist in Grand Blanc MI

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial pain, neck pain, and headaches due to TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. This is also known as TMJ. A TMJ dentist can help you get long-lasting relief from pain caused by TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD include:

You may want to see a TMJ dentist if you are experiencing:

  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain, ear ringing or stuffiness
  • Chronic headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Swelling on the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw
  • Change in alignment of the teeth
  • Locked jaw
  • Difficulty opening the mouth

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, let us know. Your dentist can identify TMD and create an effective treatment plan for you.

How to Alleviate or Prevent TMD

There are some steps you can take at home prevent TMD, or to make the pain less severe. These include:

  • Relax your face – lips together, teeth apart
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid chewing gum constantly
  • Don’t cradle a phone between your head and shoulder
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Don’t sit with your hand resting on your chin
  • Practice good posture

While these may help you relieve pain from TMD, a TMJ dentist can create a treatment plan designed to give you long-term freedom from pain relief.