Dr. John C. Cranham in Norfolk, VA offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ Disorders, headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms. As the Clinical Director of The Dawson Academy, Dr. Cranham has access to the latest information in regards to the diagnosis and treatment of bite problems and TMJ related issues. He is among a small group of medical professionals that have experience with this complex disorder, which is characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw and surrounding tissue.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for opening and closing your mouth. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a term for a wide range of possible issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of discomfort in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
What Causes TMJ?
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons and are often the result of several issues with your jaw and bite. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your temporomandibular joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Crooked teeth can also cause stress on the jaw and result in a TMJ disorder.
The symptoms of TMJ disorders vary greatly from patient to patient. TMJ symptoms often disguise themselves or are comparable to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis problematic. TMJ pain can make daily living exceptionally hard. It’s important for you to seek care from Dr. Cranham at his Norfolk, VA area dentist office if you have any of these symptoms and especially if they are persistent.
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Pain around the ears or earaches
Customized TMJ Therapy to Restore Comfortable Function
Improper bite alignment and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can cause pain as well as deterioration of teeth and supporting structures. Dr. Cranham evaluates smiles for these problems as part of comprehensive treatment planning at his Norfolk, VA dentist office. He has extensive knowledge of bite problems and TMJ-related issues and provides contemporary therapies to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal function.
Because no two patients are alike, there is no single course of treatment for TMJ disorder. Depending on your condition, Dr. Cranham may prescribe a combination of TMJ treatments for optimal results:
- Dental implants
- Tooth reshaping
- Dental crowns
- Splint therapy
- Custom Mouthguards
Schedule a Consultation
If you are concerned that you may have a bite problem or TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cranham. He will provide a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. Dr. Cranham will then be able to offer the proper TMJ treatment in the Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area.