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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)

If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, Dr. Lisa Crafton has experience treating issues that affect the alignment of your jaw and tempor0mandibular joint (TMJ).

Dr. Lisa Crafton will examine your TMJ for irregularities during your comprehensive or periodic exam in order to detect signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

What Does the Temporomandibular Joint Do?
The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing for regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.

Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections. We can identify and treat these alignment issues so that you do not experience additional concerns associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).

How is TMD Treated?
There are several treatment methods available to treat TMD.

Custom created mouthguards are fabricated from a set of impressions by a dental laboratory. This custom mouthguard is typically worn at night to aid in the equalization of biting pressure.
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