The Challenge of Treating TMJ

This issue can be just as difficult to treat as it is to pronounce. It is one of the most common disorders in the United States today with over 60 million people suffering from it. Issues can arise on one or both sides of the jaw, which if left untreated, can cause some major problems in your future. And though TMJ issues can be temporary, lasting for a few days or weeks and then going away, there is always a chance it will return. Other people will suffer persistent TMJ symptoms for months or years. For the people of Anchorage, AK we have a solution for you—just come see Dr. Kendall.

Dr. Kendall has trained in the treatment of TMJ at Occlusion Connections, where he has completed all their Advanced courses related to the diagnosis and treatment of this difficult condition.

TMJ Symptoms

TMJ (or TMD) is a very common condition and there are a few symptoms you should be aware of; if you are currently experiencing any of these, then a dental visit is definitely in order:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, head, neck, shoulders and/or teeth
  • Jaws that click, pop, or grind
  • Restricted jaw motion or locked jaw
  • Teeth that are worn
  • Teeth that are sensitive to cold
  • Teeth with a history of fracture, needing crowns and always needing  root canals

In order to determine the cause of your condition, Dr. Kendall uses special x-rays, Doppler Ultrasound technology, and sophisticated K7 Computerized Muscle EKG technology to assist in accurate and speedy diagnosis of your condition. With all this experience and skills, our Anchorage TMJ dental team can get you comfortable once and for all.

TMJ Treatment for Headaches in Anchorage

For many people, the primary symptoms of TMJ are not jaw symptoms but headaches. Tension headaches can be caused by TMJ because the muscles in the head partner with those in the jaw. TMJ can also be linked with migraines through irritation or overstimulation of the trigeminal nerve, known as the a key trigger point in migraines.

In order to become healthy, Dr. Kendall will start by relaxing tense muscles in the jaw so you can experience complete comfort. We use the K5 Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) system. Then, using removable or sometimes fixed dental appliances bonded to your teeth he will help get your teeth and bite to fit comfortably and predictably at this correct jaw position. After you are comfortable and free of pain, Dr. Kendall will talk with you about the best long-term solution to stay that way without dental appliances. These options can include smoothing and reshaping your teeth to a harmonious position, or considering orthodontics (braces), to possibly rebuilding some or all of your worn down teeth to regain dental comfort and optimal appearance for your lifetime. Our Anchorage dentists have been getting our patients pain-free for over 20 years. See what they can do for you.

Why You Need Excellence in Dentistry

If you have any of the TMJ symptoms mentioned above, come see us at Excellence in Dentistry to avoid any further damage to your jaw muscles and joints.

Dr. Kendall has been dealing with this disorder in people for years and with his experience, can diagnose and treat TMJ disorders successfully. A very delicate and reproducible balance must occur in the chewing system for total harmony, comfort, and stability to exist. Let us correct the TMJ problem and alleviate your pain so you don’t have to suffer from TMD anymore.

If you’re having TMJ problems, give us a call at (907) 349-0022 or contact us to let us at Excellence in Dentistry help today!