Are you one of the many TMJ sufferers? If you are affected by Temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorder, you know how the pain and discomfort can impact your life.

Portrait of mature woman suffering from TMJ in Anchorage. She's ready to have a consultation with Dr. Kendall Skinner.

The Temporomandibular or jaw joint connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. Symptoms of TMJ include jaw and facial pain, headaches, earaches, neck pain and chewing difficulty. TMJ disease is often associated with jaw clicking, locking or clenching, and can cause tooth damage and bone loss.

Many  TMJ patients first sought a possible TMJ diagnosis after trying unsuccessfully to relieve their frequent headaches. Since opening Excellence In Dentistry in 1987, we have discovered that many people do not realize they have TMJ disorder because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain. A TMJ specialist can properly diagnose your specific TMJ issues and recommend an effective course of action.

Because a comprehensive treatment plan is most successful, we work hand-in-hand with a network of doctors, including ENT doctors, neurologists and physical therapists. There are many facets to this often misunderstood disorder. If you are suffering from jaw pain, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Kendall Skinner at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage by calling (907) 349-0022.