An estimated 10 million people suffer with “TMJ” (tempromandibular joint).  Known by your dentist as TMD .  If your dentist or physician says, “you have TMJ”,   the clinical diagnosis is “you have TMD” or Tempromandibular  Joint Disorder.  This would equate to saying “you have knee” instead of you, “ having a problem with your knee”. 

TMD or TMJ dysfunction may have a specific cause or many causes, much like knee problems. The TMJ is like any other joint in the body that can be damaged by injury or overuse. A football player may injure his knee during a game or a basketball player could injure his/her TMJ  by “taking an elbow to the jaw”.  These injuries may present later in life as arthritic changes or problems  to the TMJ.  

A long distance runner may damage his/her knees from excessive use just as clenching/grinding at night may  cause TMJ problems by overuse.  Damage to your knee and  damage to your jaw joint may be non-reversible.  Damage to your TMJ  joint can be minimized by your dentist.

At Parkwood Dental Elkin our primary purpose is striving to exceed your expectations. We are here to serve many communities in the Yadkin Valley, Jonesville, Booneville, Dobson, Mt Airy, Sparta, Galax, Yadkinville, North Wilkesboro and Ronda to name a few.
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Dr. Mark Halbedl

Parkwood Dental
400 Parkwood Medical Park
Elkin, NC 28621

Phone: 336-835-5579



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