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What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder for Spokane residents?


Patients who are experiencing problems such as; pain in the neck, face, headaches, or jaw or popping, clicking, or unusual sounds and pains associated with the jaw may be experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) relates to the jaw joint as well as the surrounding muscles and tissues. TMJ simply refers to the joint itself, but it has become the more publicly recognizable term to describe the disorder and the two terms are often used interchangeably. In TMD the muscles and joints often cause problems such as spasms and misalignment, which can result in pain, discomfort, even headaches and shoulder pain. Once diagnosed, patients can learn the various options available to them in terms of treatment to reduce or eliminate the problems associated with the TMD or “TMJ”.

Spokane residents who are dealing with these issues may visit their doctor or dentist for traditional splint therapy, to treat the symptoms of clenching and grinding in an attempt to reduce excessive tooth wear. Mouth guards, also known as splints, have been the traditional approach to the problem and while they do help to reduce tooth wear, they are merely attempting to address one symptom of a much more complex problem. The traditional approach has also recommended the use of muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications, and even relaxing exercises for the mouth and jaw. Moist heat, ice packs, and eating softer foods when problems arise can also reduce some of the common symptoms of patients with TMD.

There are several treatment options available for patients who are experiencing temporo-mandibular joint disorder/dysfunction. Dr. Brossoit will diagnose these issues with a thorough examination, x-rays, and a consultation, and then offer a number of solutions for patients to consider. Patients who have received a proper diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder may benefit from conservative efforts to reduce the issues associated with this condition. Once Dr Brossoit has been able to determine the cause of the symptoms he will be able to recommend the appropriate course of treatment that best suits each individual.

If you have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction and you live in the Spokane area, contact Dr. Brossoit today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out what treatment methods may be best for you. You might find that you no longer have to live with the pain, discomfort, and problems associated with TMD and can live a healthier, active lifestyle without TMD holding you back!
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