At Dream Dentistry, Dr. William Lesh, and his experienced team of providers in the Longview, WA area provide the best care and customer service. Additionally, they proudly offer a wide range of services for new and existing patients who visit their office, conveniently within reach of surrounding communities such as Kalama, Kelso, and Rocky Point. One condition that affects many patients is that of TMD, sometimes referred to as TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This joint is in the jaw and hinges the upper and lower part to allow it to open and close to speak and eat. For some patients, this jaw and the surrounding muscles become dysfunctional, causing pain and discomfort. With appropriate TMD therapy, patients can experience jaw pain relief.
What are signs of MD?
The most common signs that this condition is present include:● Pain/discomfort around the jaw joint● Popping and cracking of the joint when opening and closing● Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position● Coexisting conditions such as bruxism (clenching and grinding)● Pain that radiates up to the ears and down through the neck and shoulders● Chronic tension headaches
What are some treatment options for TMD?
Once a patient has received a proper diagnosis of their condition, it is essential that they work with our team of professionals at Dream Dentistry to achieve results. There are many different types of treatment for patients who are experiencing the symptoms of TMD. TMJ therapy may include muscle relaxers for TMJ symptoms, oral appliances, or even orthodontic work to realign the jaw. Our team evaluates a patient to determine if they are dealing with this condition, and then works with an individual to help them find the right solution for their unique needs. There is no “one size fits all” solution for this condition, so trying various treatment options is recommended in many instances.
Are you struggling with TMD?
ow is the time to connect with Dr. William Lesh and his team at Dream Dentistry. Call (888) 449-2086 to schedule a consultation at 950 14th Avenue in Longview, WA. We serve new and established patients in the areas of Rocky Point, Kelso, and Kalama as well.