TMJ Therapy in Bakersfield, CA

Dr. Kirkpatrick can help your jaw pain with TMJ therapy.

Many people spend their entire lives unaware of the small, triangular joints located in front of their ears. When functioning properly, these joints, along with muscles, ligaments, and nerves, allow you to open and close your jaw smoothly. However, stress or an unbalanced bite can create tension and throw the entire system off balance, resulting in headaches, jaw pain, and a host of other symptoms. Dr. Kirkpatrick has dedicated much of his career to studying TMJ and facial pain at such renowned institutions as the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute. He can determine the source of your problem and restore your mouth to optimal form and function.

TMJ disorder, or TMD, is common in our society, and most people are unaware that they have it. Although the exact cause of TMJ disorder is unknown, it can often be attributed to misaligned teeth, missing teeth, stress, illness, or facial trauma. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Jaw, neck, back, or facial pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

If left untreated, TMJ disorder can result in chipped, cracked, broken, or worn teeth. Patients also experience a diminished quality of life due to chronic pain. Many patients find relief with a custom-fitted oral appliance that Dr. Kirkpatrick designs to fit with the contours of your mouth. He may also recommend repairing old dental work or orthodontics. Tension-relief exercises and alternating hot and cold can provide relief, as well.

If you want a dental experience designed expressly for you, please call our Bakersfield dental office to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Kirkpatrick has served residents of Bakersfield, Shafter, Lamont, McFarland, and Wasco with comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for over 30 years.

1851 A Oak St, Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA
Dr. James K. Kirkpatrick DDS (661) 327-7301 kirkpatrickdds@pacbell.net