Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, is a painful condition affecting the jaw, making it difficult to chew, speak and even function. Dr. Matt Baker of Baker Chiropractic & Rehab is experienced in treating TMJ and relieving the pain for patients throughout the Maryville, MO region.
TMJ Pain—also and more properly referred to as TMJD—can result from a number of factors. It could be an issue with the muscles in the jaw. It could be in the bone, cartilage or other parts of the joint.
The TMJ itself is the point where your lower jaw meets your skull in front of your ears. This is how people are able to move their jaw, chew, talk and even yawn. Situations that can lead to TMJD can include:
The most basic symptoms of TMJD are serious discomfort and pain which can be temporary and clear up or can last for many years. This pain can affect one side or both sides of the jaw. It is more common among men than women and most frequently occurs between age 20 and 40.
Other symptoms include:
Dr. Baker studied under Dr. Alex Vidan, a renowned specialist in treating TMJD who works out of St. Louis, MO. While TMJD is often treated by dentists, Dr. Baker can work with the patient’s dental specialist to add his own expertise to resolve the problems and provide a whole-body solution to the problem.
We are a BlueCross/BlueShield provider and accept most other major medial health insurance. This includes (but not limited to) Medicare, Aetna, UHC, UMR and Coventry. Every policy is different, so as a courtesy, we will personally verify your coverage as part of your appointment.
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