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About TMJ Disorder

Do you have symptoms of TMJ Jaw disorder? TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. The disorder is actually called TMD, yet is commonly referred to as TMJ Jaw disorder. Learn more about our TMJ Disorder treatment & procedures in this article other tips.

TMJ Disorder Causes

  • Malocclusion – When the teeth do not correctly close together, there may be a great deal of pressure put on the jaw bones and muscles and create a problem.
  • Trauma – Injuries from car accidents, falls or fights can cause damage to the joints and develop into a disorder after a period of time.
  • Emotional Stressors – When under stress or tension some persons may chew or clench their teeth with a large amount of pressure and thereby develop problems.
  • Bruxism – see the page on Bruxism
  • Excessive Wear
  • Jaw Clenching
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Bite Misalignment

Are you suffering from jaw pain? TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the jaw joint. This joint is where the lower and upper jawbones join in front of the ear. The lower jawbone pivots against a pad of cartilage which protects the surface of both jawbones and keeps them separated from each other. Muscles are connected to these bones and nerves run in and round the whole area. Learn more about TMJ Causes, treatment & procedures in this article other tips.

When cartilage becomes too worn or damaged it will start making popping or clicking sounds as it moves back and forth, shifting in and out of alignment. Thus, the pressure is placed on the nerves nearby which stretches or compresses them, causing pain.

Misalignment of the TMJ & TMJ Causes

If the meeting of the lower and upper bones is altered, whether from being slightly misaligned at birth, being dislocated or from any sort of injury, this leaves the joint in a perpetual state of strain as it tries to find its properly-aligned at-rest position.

Discomfort and pain in other parts of the body may also be the result of TMJ. Blurry vision, chronic sore throats, swallowing problems, sinus infections, stomach trouble, earaches and ringing in the ears may all be accompanied by headaches and traced back to a TMJ problem.

TMJ headaches are often not correctly diagnosed, or perhaps not diagnosed at all, just medicated. So it might be many years before the person finds a doctor or dentist who finally pinpoints the cause of their years of migraines as being in the TMJ.

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TMJ Disorder Symptoms

TMJ symptoms could be the result of various underlying problems. The pain may be dull and chronic, or quick and sharp. It can also radiate to neighboring areas like the nearby muscles, teeth, cheek, head bones, lower jaw, and the ear.

Some of the more common symptoms people develop with TMJ are:

  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • The jaw makes popping sounds
  • Sleeping problems
  • Pain in the temple and/or cheek
  • Frequent headaches, including migraines, or neck aches
  • The jaw may become locked in one position

When To Schedule an Appointment

If you have any of these symptoms you should speak to a dental professional that specializes in TMJ to determine the best treatment options for you. Research has shown that five to fifteen percent of the population has symptoms of TMJ and would benefit from seeking professional treatment.

There is a very simple screening test that you may be able to take called the TMJ Scale that has been used throughout the United States since the mid-eighties.

TMJ Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. That’s the joint where your lower jaw (the mandible) meets your upper jaw, at the temporal bone of your skull. The acronym TMJ is also used to refer to pain or malfunction in this joint and for TMJ Jaw pain treatment, which is offered by many cosmetic dentists.

The TMJ has a disk or pad of cartilage between the mandible and the skull. This enables our bones to slide easily and with little friction so for most jaw movement, we feel no discomfort, even though when we bite something, we put a lot of force on that pad. Several muscles connect to this joint, contributing to the movement.

Neuromuscular dentistry

This is a kind of dentistry that treats not just teeth, but the muscles, nerves, and supporting structures of the mouth. Recent technology advances have allowed TMJ specialists to pinpoint more precisely where a patient’s muscles, teeth, and jaw are best positioned.

Neuromuscular dentistry begins by finding the most relaxed position of the jaw muscles. To do this, a TENS unit is used (Transcutaneous Neural Stimulator), which emits a low-frequency electrical pulse. The muscles respond by relaxing so that the dentist can measure and study their activity more clearly. Next, the dentist makes an orthotic based on these measurements. This orthotic is worn for about 3 months. It ensures that your jaw will close to its optimal position, where the muscles are most relaxed and therefore won’t spasm. It also stabilizes your bite, helps the muscles to heal, and thus eliminates symptoms.

A neuromuscular dentist has other tools too, such as a sonograph (which measures the cracking sounds made by the jaw); and an electromyograph (which measures the electrical activity of your muscles). These tools allow the dentist to adjust the placement of fillings and crowns very precisely so that your teeth can more durable and more disease-resistant, and your jaws more relaxed. Keeping those muscles relaxed will protect your teeth from getting chipped, worn down, or broken.

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Are you experiencing symptoms of TMJ Jaw disorder and need to speak to a professional? Contact the specialists in TMJ Jaw disorder at The Kodish-Perez Dental Group to schedule an appointment today.

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