Woodway dentist Dr. Locke has studied TMJ dysfunction (TMD) at the Las Vegas for Advanced Dental Studies and the Pankey Institute in Florida. These nationally renowned schools devote their resources to pain relief through effective TMJ therapy, allowing their students to better serve their patients. With extensive training and some of the most advanced equipment in the industry, Dr. Locke is now recognized as a leading TMJ Dentist in Woodway.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, whereas TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Some debate surrounds the exact cause of the dysfunction, although it can often be traced back to an injury, illness, stress, bruxism (teeth grinding), or a misaligned bite. Patients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction often experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in the face, jaw, head, and neck
- Difficulty chewing
- Locked jaw or limited jaw movement
- Audible jaw sounds (clicking or popping)
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Unexplained tooth wear
Dr. Locke can effectively diagnose and treat TMD. Using advanced technology, he can determine the extent of damage and the best method to restore your bite and re-align your jaw joints. Dr. Locke is one of the few dentists in the country to practice both Centric Relation and Neuromuscular Dentistry. His expertise allows him to customize treatments for a wide range of needs. In many cases, he can resolve TMJ dysfunction using a custom-made appliance that repositions the jaw and alleviates stress.
Learn More About Our Woodway TMJ Treatment Options
If you reside in Woodway or the surrounding area and are suffering from persistent jaw pain or soreness, headaches, migraines, or bouts of lockjaw, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Locke. We are able to provide non-surgical TMJ and TMD solutions in many cases.