TMJ Treatment - Neuromuscular Dentistry

Grinding your teeth? Suffering from frequent headaches, dizziness, back pain or neck pain? You may be suffering from TMJ Dysfunction.

The TMJ Joint (Temporomandibular Joint) refers to the two joints located in front of the ears, and is located where the upper and lower jaw connect. These joints are responsible for performing functions such as chewing and talking.

Importance of TMJ treatment

TMJ Dysfunction can be extremely painful and cause chronic facial pain for sufferers including headaches. TMJ Dysfunction can cause the patient to clench down on the jaw, which compresses the jaw points and eventually results in bad bite. TMJ treatment may able to alleviate pain caused in this area.

Is it right for you?

Are you having trouble with your jaw? TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth or you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments.

As a result, the disc within the joint, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or a grating noise when you open your mouth, or restriction when attempting to open your mouth wide.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, discuss with your dentist whether TMJ treatment could benefit you:

  • Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
  • Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you frequently suffer from headaches or neck aches?
  • Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
  • Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
  • Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

What’s involved?

Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction varies depending on the severity of each individual case. After a consultation with your dentist, they will be able to recommend the best course of treatment for you.

What causes TMJ?

There are many possible causes of TMJ. Patients affected by TMJ may frequently clench or grind their teeth at night causing painful spasms in the muscles and difficulty in moving the jaw. Tooth mobility and tooth loss may be caused by destruction of the supporting bone and by heavy forces being placed on teeth.

Movement of the teeth affects how they contact one another when the mouth closes, and the overall relationship between the teeth, muscles, and joints can be altered.

Where appropriate referrals to other dental specialists may be required.

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