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3138 McIlhenny Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

TMJ and TMD Baton Rouge

TMJ and TMD Baton Rouge Temporomandibular joints hinge the jaw to the skull, with a disc of cartilage for cushioning. When this mechanism malfunctions, you develop TMD – temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Because this condition is widespread and often misdiagnosed, Baton Rouge dentist, Dr. Kurt LeJeune, shares insight into TMJ and TMD.

Signs and symptoms of TMD

  • Change in bite.
  • Clicking, popping, locking, pain, or swelling of the jaw joint.
  • Crepitus, a bone to bone sound indicating advanced osteoarthritis.
  • Depression from chemical changes in the brain.
  • Dizziness, confusion, or disorientation.
  • Earache or ringing in the ears.
  • Limited jaw mobility – open, side to side, and forward.
  • Misshapen condyle (ball joint).
  • Muscle spasms in the face.
  • Nighttime clenching or grinding (bruxism), or habitual clenching.
  • Pain in the shoulders or back from muscle contractions.
  • Poor sleep.
  • Vision changes, light sensitivity, and twitching eye muscles.

Causes of TMD

Problems with joint function may be the result of:
  • Misaligned bite.
  • Missing or crooked teeth.
  • Muscular dysfunction from developmental issues or trauma.
  • Hypopnea or sleep apnea, which contribute to bruxism.
  • Extracapsular dysfunction. Up to 85 percent of TMD is related to muscular disorders such as myalgia, myositis, myofascial pain, and muscle spasm/trismus.
  • Intracapsular disorders, problems that occur in the joint itself, affecting bones, cartilage, and ligaments.
  • Poor posture.
  • Stress.
Dentistry plays a fundamental role in an integrated approach to diagnosis and effective treatment. Dr. LeJeune uses precision diagnostics and a range of minimally invasive therapies to restore comfort and function. Treatments such as replacement of missing teeth, bite adjustment, and orthodontics are essential to address dental aspects.

There are two important points to remember about TMJ and TMD. First, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each case is entirely unique. Second, you are not alone. Dr. LeJeune and the team at Cypress Dental in Baton Rouge, LA are here to help. Call (225) 248-8400 to schedule a consultation.

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