TMJ or TMD is a painful condition. One of the things that can get in the way of effective treatment is the difficulty in diagnosing it. At Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood we use advanced diagnostic technology that leads to effective treatment.
TMJ/TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, a condition of the jaw. One of the things that makes it hard to diagnose is that the symptoms can vary from one patient to the next.
Common symptoms include:
- Headaches. This is a common symptom of TMJ/TMD, bu is often taken as something else: a stress headache, or even a migraine. What makes it tricky is that the two are closely related.
- Earaches. An earache is going to originate in the ear, right? That is often the case, but a persistent earache and the absence of an ear infection may be a sign of TMJ/TMD. What can be so misleading is the fact that the jaw joint (the TMJ) is right by the ear.
- Neck or back pain. TMJ issues can affect the surrounding area, like the neck or back. Your first thought may be to try a massage or relaxation techniques, but if if’s TMJ/TMD those will, at best, provide only temporary relief.
At Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN we have long experience in diagosing TMJ/TMD. We use a TMJ X-ray for the most accurate diagnosis possible, and an accurate diagnose is the first step to lasting relief. From there we can develop a treatment plan that works. Call our officed to schedule an appointment today!