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Dr. Cloud Explains TMJ Syndrome


Little Rock, AR -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/25/2016 -- The temporomandibular joints are located in front of each ear and they allow movement of the jaw up and down and side to side, so an individual can talk, chew, and yawn. Unfortunately, the area can be a source for pain that may take a while to resolve.

Pain in the jaw and face muscles is known as Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS). "Sometimes it is hard to know what causes TMJS. Dentists believe problems with the muscles of the jaw or parts of the joint itself cause the symptoms. TMJS is exasperated by grinding or clenching of the patient's teeth, stress or arthritis in the joint itself. An injury like a substantial blow to the head or even whiplash can easily cause TMJS," comments Dr. John Cloud.

The most common symptoms of TMJS are pain and discomfort. Other symptoms can include tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders and pain in the ear when a person chews or opens their mouth widely. Dr. Cloud states, "Unfortunately this syndrome can also bring on painful headaches, even migraines, dizziness and earaches. Less painful symptoms can include simply a clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw that might not be painful, but just annoying."

One of the reasons why TMJS is difficult to diagnose is that other conditions cause comparable symptoms. Tooth decay, sinus infections, arthritis and gum disease can cause the same problems, but are treated differently than TMJS. To determine what is causing the patient's symptoms, Dr. Cloud will do a physical exam and take a health history report.

He will check jaw joints for pain or tenderness and listen for clicks, pops, or grating sounds during movement of the jaw. Dr. Cloud will also make sure the jaw works like it should and doesn't lock when opening or closing the mouth. Plus, he will test the patient's bite and check for problems with facial muscles. Treatment usually involves zero pills, no shots, no surgery, and no unwanted side effects.

About Dr. Cloud
To stay up to date with the continual updates and improvements in the dental field, Dr. Cloud participates in advanced education opportunities on a regular basis. He has completed advanced course work at the prestigious Dawson Academy and Las Vegas Institute.

To make an appointment with Dr. Cloud, call 501-868-3800.