Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Serving Hobbs, Southeast New Mexico and West Texas

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Temporomandibular joint disorder, referred to as TMD, can be a painful and destructive condition if left untreated. Characterized as a misalignment of the upper and lower jaws, TMD can be successfully corrected with help from a skilled neuromuscular dentist. As diagnosis and treatment become more available for TMD, neuromuscular dentists like Dr. B.J. Henderson are able to relieve people of the painful symptoms with which they have suffered for years. If you feel you suffer from TMD, please contact our office today.

TMD Symptoms

The symptoms of TMD are varied and numerous and often mimic other medical problems. Often times, our patients have been to multiple medical doctors and have taken pain medication (which only provides temporary relief). Instead of just treating the symptoms, we want to offer a solution to the problem that is causing these symptoms:

  • Jaw joint pain or pain anywhere in the face
  • Pain or soreness in the shoulders or neck area
  • Soreness in the ear canal or around the ears
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Tenderness in the face, neck, ears, or shoulders
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw area
  • Problems chewing
  • Problems getting your teeth to fit together naturally
  • Swelling in the face or neck
  • Tingling in the hands and fingers

The Neuromuscular Diagnosis

While the above symptoms are often strong indications of TMD, a neuromuscular dentist must take the time to rule out other potential causes. Dr. Henderson starts with a review of your medical and dental histories, as well as an evaluation of your current health status.

Next, a physical examination of the tooth, gums, and jaw will help us hone in on the source of the problem. Your bite will be checked, and your facial muscle activity studied closely. Full-mouth digital X-rays allow Dr. Henderson to identify any issues. If necessary, other more in-depth imaging tests may be recommended to help reach a diagnosis of TMD. Essentially, the goal is to find out where the jaw is functioning improperly or inefficiently.

Treating TMD Successfully

There are many different methods for treating TMD, depending on the patient's jaw dysfunction. Some patients with minor jaw imbalances can improve their bite with simple exercises, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle adjustments. Dr. Henderson may recommend stronger solutions, such as medication, night guards and oral appliances, or surgery. In many cases, creating balance in the bite can be achieved through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures.

If you would like to learn more about TMD, or you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, let our skilled neuromuscular dentist assist you. Please contact the office of Dr. B.J. Henderson today and our Southeast New Mexico and West Texas team will schedule your comprehensive evaluation.

B.J. Henderson, DDS
Where we change lives every day, one smile at a time.

3130 N Grimes St.
Hobbs, NM 88240

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website regarding TMD and TMJ is not meant to be taken as formal advice. Please contact a qualified neuromuscular dentist in your area for more information. Hobbs neuromuscular dentist Dr. Henderson serves clients in Hobbs, Carlsbad, Odessa, Roswell, Seminole and surrounding areas in New Mexico. Please contact him today for a dentistry consultation. This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.

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