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Thank you, Dr. Monica, for making my face and jaw perfect with the TMJ jaw surgery. Honestly, I never knew that the pain and everything was symptoms.
I got the TMD symptoms a few months ago and in case of an emergency, I went to Dr. Monica Crooks's office to confirm that the pain and discomfort is due to TMD's jaw. Initially, I am using nightguards and it’s a huge relief from the pain and discomfort. Thank you, Dr. Monica Crook.
Temporomandibular joint disorders, abbreviated as (TMJ or TMD), refer to any condition affecting the alignment of your jaw, causing discomfort and or pain. If left untreated, this condition can lead to more considerable pain and even damage to your jaw, face, neck, and back, and in severe cases, result in postural problems.
Clinically TMJ is simply an abbreviation for the joint itself (the temporomandibular joint), rather than a description of the actual condition of TMD and its accompanying pain and inflammation.
Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash — can lead to TMD. Other causes include:
TMD often causes extreme pain and discomfort, which can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, there are three categories of TMD disorders, which include:
Common symptoms include:
Dr. Monica Crooks uses advanced 3D imaging technology, which can take images of your jaw to assist in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Once diagnosed, she can present a treatment plan that will work for you.
If you have consistent pain, tenderness, or reduced range of motion in your jaw, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Monica Crooks. TMJ is a highly treatable condition, and the earlier it is evaluated, the higher your chance of successful resolution and full recovery without complications.
Dr. Monica Crooks starts by determining the cause of your TMD and works closely with you to determine your best treatment option. Nightguards are the most common initial treatment for TMD. They are made from a combination of soft inside/hard outside plastic that fits over your upper or lower teeth, reducing the tension in your jaw joint. Each night guard is custom-made by Dr. Crooks to fit you perfectly.
If slightly misaligned teeth are the cause of your TMD, Orthodontics such as Invisalign® or Six-Month Smile may be the best treatment for you. Your teeth will be orthodontically moved into the proper position to align your bite. By moving your teeth into their correct position, the pressure on your jaw is potentially released, allowing you freedom from the discomfort of TMD.
In more severe cases, Dr. Monica Crooks may reposition your jaw with full mouth restorations. She combines oral appliances and orthodontic treatments with cosmetic services such as porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns to achieve an optimal bite position for your mouth or rebuild a deteriorated dentition.
The TMD treatment that is best for you depends on your unique condition. If you are suffering from TMD, or have unexplained jaw pain, call Dr. Monica Crooks in Sacramento at (916) 922-2027 and schedule a consultation today!
Dr. Crooks was very professional and kind. She helped me with my pain and I thank for her and her staff!
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