The temporomandibular joint is commonly referred to as the TMJ. TMJ disorder is a condition, often uncomfortable and painful resulting from the jaw’s many elements being out of synch with each other. TMJ disorder is diagnosed and treated by qualified oral surgeons such as, Dr. Brian W. Tallent at Southeast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Charlotte, NC.

How does stress affect the TMJ?

The body responds to stress in many ways. Often times stress can cause clenching of the muscles surrounding the jaw. We even clench unknowingly. The results of our bodies’ response to stress in this clenching form can and does exacerbate a TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of a TMJ disorder

Symptoms of TMJ disorder include difficulty opening or closing the jaw, clicking or popping sounds from the jaw upon opening or closing, and headaches accompanied by soreness in the jaw muscle area. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms a complete evaluation by our board certified oral surgeon, Dr. Brian W. Tallent at Southeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, is recommended.

Oral Surgeons have extensive knowledge of the jaw, surrounding muscles, and disorders of the jaw. Oral surgeons work towards diagnosing TMJ disorder and finding relief.

In some instances jaw defects can cause the progression of TMJ disorder. Jaw defects may be congenital or a result from an accident. In some instances surgery may be recommended for these patients. Keep in mind; many patients do not require surgery.

Stress can make the symptoms of TMJ disorder more prominent. Dr. Brian W. Tallent of Southeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has the knowledge and experience to assist with finding relief of TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder and have received prior treatment by your referring dentist, please contact Southeast Oral & Maxillofacial Oral Surgery at our Charlotte location. Southeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has locations in Charlotte and Albemarle, NC with a team of board certified oral surgeons.

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