Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

(TMJ/TMD) is a very uncomfortable dental condition which affects the synovial joint that connects the jaw to the skull, resulting in pain in the muscles that control jaw movement. Often, TMJ develops on both sides and can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms. If you are experiencing painful side effects associated with TMJ, it is time to consult with Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell about your treatment options.

In addition to causing discomfort, TMJ can impact the function of your bite and compromise your oral health. A misaligned bite can adversely affect the appearance of your smile and compromise any cosmetic dentistry work you may have had done in the past. The severity of TMJ / TMD varies from one patient to another. However, prompt treatment can help you avoid a slew of dental problems and save you from experiencing pain.

Diagnosing TMJ and Receiving Treatment with Our Doctors

The first sign of TMJ is increased discomfort in the chewing muscles and, sometimes clicking of the jaw. When left untreated, mild pain can also spread to the ears, neck and shoulders, although not everyone who has TMJ will experience pain as one of the first symptoms. The best way to detect TMJ in its early stages is to undergo a routine oral exam provided by one of our dentists. Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell are well-trained at detecting the early signs of TMJ and providing relief.

Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell are experienced cosmetic dentistry providers who utilize a range of advanced treatments to help North Tampa / Tampa TMJ patients. The individual treatment options vary from one patient to another and can involve appliance therapy, full mouth reconstruction, occlusal equilibration, intra-oral appliances and oral surgery. However, surgery is often reserved for severe cases of TMJ. A combination of treatments may be utilized for best results. Rather than waiting until you have to see a Hillsborough County emergency dentist, Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell encourage you to receive a TMJ exam and start the treatment process as soon as possible.


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