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Nashville TMJ Dentist

If you suffer from TMJ dysfunction, it can be hard to know how to find a dentist experienced in treating this condition. Since TMJ treatment is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, you won’t be able to find a licensed TMJ dentist or specialist. You may have to dig a little deeper to find out if the dentist you’re considering has advanced postgraduate training in the treatment of TMJ disorder. Dr. David Wickness is a graduate of the Dawson Academy, where he has completed significant coursework in TMJ treatment and complex restorative dentistry.

Diagram of the TMJ joint and its associated bones, muscles and ligaments.Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ dysfunction refers to problems with the temporomandibular joint — the name for your jaw joint — or its surrounding muscles and ligaments. You may be affected by this disorder if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Clicking or locking of the jaw joint
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Tooth sensitivity or wear
  • Limitation of movement of your jaw joint
  • Pain or ringing in the ears
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Nausea or dizziness

Our Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction

Treatment for TMJ disorder isn’t one-size-fits-all. For some patients, Dr. Wickness recommends the wearing of a splint to improve the bite. For others, equilibration — or realignment — of the bite may be needed. Some cases are best resolved through full-mouth reconstruction, which involves the crowning of multiple teeth to properly position the bite. To learn more, visit our Full-Mouth Reconstruction page.

To determine the appropriate treatment for your situation, Dr. Wickness will see you for a comprehensive dental exam. At this time, we’ll go over your medical history as well as take x-rays and a CBCT scan to get an in-depth look at your teeth and jaw.

How to Get Started

We’d love to help you take the first step toward resolving your symptoms. When you’re ready, give us a call at (615) 297-5090 to schedule your exam. Or simply request an appointment online, and we’ll call you to get you scheduled.

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