Everyday aggravators cause many Anchorage people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in Anchorage can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars.

Some Anchorage folks who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Anchorage, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ‘: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these joints can lead to chronic pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Anchorage because facial pain can result from a variety of things, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is necessary for treating TMD.

At Excellence In Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1987. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Excellence In Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Dr. Kirk Johnson and I enjoy providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Anchorage and the surrounding areas.

Excellence In Dentistry not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with state-of-the-art cosmetic dental treatments. We offer sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants, porcelain crowns and veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces.

Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Excellence In Dentistry today to schedule a consultation or examination. (907) 349-0022