Valley Smiles is a premier dental practice that offers TMJ and TMD treatment. We instill faith in our patients by providing the highest quality of care possible. Our specialists are some of the best in the business, and they truly care about each and every one of our patients. We proudly offer a varity of general dentistry services to the Phoenix community.
Many people are familiar with the term TMJ, but few know what it actually stands for. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint is responsible for a wide range of movements, including chewing, speaking, and yawning. Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to a variety of problems, which are collectively known as TMD or temporomandibular disorders.
TMJ can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including pain, clicking and popping noises when you move your jaw, and difficulty chewing or opening your mouth. In severe cases, TMJ can even lead to dislocation of the jaw. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a Valley Smiles professional so they can diagnose and treat the problem. If left untreated, TMJ can cause long-term damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw.
Orthodontic treatment can be effective in treating TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. Clear braces or other alternatives can help to alleviate these symptoms by realigning the teeth and improving the function of the jaw joint. In some cases, orthodontic treatment can also help to correct TMJ malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. We often treat TMJ or TMD with orthodontic options, but keep in mind each patient is unique.
If you or a loved one is experiencing TMJ symptoms that compassionate professionals at Valley Smiles can help. Our Phoenix dental practice is open welcomes families of all backgrounds. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
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