What the heck is a TMJ dentist? Isn’t your TMJ part of your jaw? What could a dentist do for your jaw joint? A lot, actually! Just ask your Asheville TMJ dentist, Dr. John Highsmith. Dr. Highsmith has advanced training in diagnosing, caring for, and even resolving painful and difficult-to-treat TMJ Disorder (TMD).
The Painful Realities of TMD
You were afraid it might happen. You ordered that wonderful, juicy burger at the farm-to-table place you like so much and pop! Your jaw locked open. You managed to get it closed before anyone really noticed– you hope–but now what? You just sit there and look at your house-made chips while everyone around you enjoys their food?
And then, of course, you have tomorrow to look forward to– the aching jaw, probably a headache, ringing ears. You are just so sick of whatever is going on but what can you do? Your doctor suggested painkillers and muscle relaxants but they don’t help. You can’t stop eating or pop pills all day long. Isn’t there something non-invasive you can do? Absolutely. All it takes is a phone call to your Asheville TMJ dentist, Dr. John Highsmith. He can help treat your jaw, stop your pain, and get everything back in balance and harmony so you can eat, laugh, and enjoy life to the fullest again.
What TMD symptoms might I experience?
- Locked or stiff jaw when you talk, yawn, or eat
- Jaw pain or soreness, often greater in the morning or late afternoon
- Jaw pain when you chew, bite or yawn
- Clicking when opening and closing your mouth
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- An earache with no infection
- Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found
- Headaches, usually in the temple region