Located on either side of your head, just below your ears, are the complex joints and muscles that allow you to open and close your jaw. The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short, make it possible for you to speak, swallow and chew. If these joints become compromised or painful to move, it’s important to seek treatment from an experienced TMJ dentist in 85282. At the office of Dr. John G. Fletcher, we provide treatment for TMJ disorder with customized night guards, which are designed to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms to improve your oral and overall health.
TMJ disorder affects an estimated 15% of people across the United States. Symptoms may include facial pain, a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing your mouth. To diagnose this condition, our TMJ dentist in 85282 will perform a comprehensive examination, with the use of advanced digital radiography, as needed, and will discuss with you your dental and medical history. TMJ disorder may be attributed to a number of causes, including arthritis, injury and bruxism. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can place excess strain on the joints in the jaw, which can lead to TMJ disorder or exacerbate an already existing case of this condition. With the use of a custom designed night guard, we can prevent bruxism and reduce pressure on the temporomandibular joints. Our dentist will take accurate set of impressions to design your night guard for a comfortable, precise fit. The night guard is worn like a retainer, keeping your top and bottom teeth slightly separated while you sleep. Our team of professionals will guide you on how to properly wear and care for you mouth guard, to achieve the maximum benefits of treatment.
At the office of Dr. John G. Fletcher, we are committed to providing comprehensive solutions for all your dental healthcare needs. If you are experiencing facial pain or difficulty moving your jaw, visit our TMJ dentist in 85282 without delay. To learn more about TMJ disorder or to schedule an appointment, call today.