Recent statistics show that more than 50 million Americans experience severe headaches requiring medical intervention every year. For many of these people, their chronic headaches have had a negative effect on their quality of life. Unfortunately, most of these individuals don’t realize that they are suffering from a symptom of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
TMJ disorders (TMD) are a group of disorders of the temporomandibular joint and the muscles and tendons surrounding this area. Because the TMJ connects the upper jaw (temporal bone) to the lower jaw (mandible), there can be several different symptoms of TMD. Here are some of the symptoms you can expect if you’re suffering from TMD.
In many cases, TMJ disorders are caused by a dental condition known as occlusion, which is how your teeth fit together when biting down.
If you have persistent tenderness or pain in your jaw or you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to seek the help of a qualified dentist.
At the practice of Greg G. Pitts DDS, you can find relief for your TMJ disorders. Dr. Pitts helps to correct the relationship between your teeth, muscles, and joints so that you can expect your discomfort to be minimized. He will create customized dental appliances that will serve to treat your TMJ disorder. Moreover, the team will work closely with you to help you develop the most effective treatment plan and appliance for your TMJ disorders.
Dr. Greg Pitts and his team at the office of Greg G. Pitts, DDS in American Fork, Utah, are available to answer your questions about TMJ disorder treatment options. Give us a call at (801) 758-0019 or contact us online today for more information.
For Dr. Greg Pitts, dentistry is not just a profession; he is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients. He earned his BS from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah and his DDS from Creighton Dental School, Nebraska. He has been practicing dentistry in American Fork since 1999.
A member of the ADA, AGD, UDA, and American Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Pitts is actively involved with Utah Valley athletics and works to raise awareness of the need for tooth protection in organized sports and recreational activities. He is the official dentist for the BYU and UVU athletic departments.