Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be associated with headaches, neck, shoulder, jaw and ear pain and even tinnitus.
What is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction or disorder relates to a number of health issues resulting from a misalignment of the jaw joint.
Nearly 70% of people will appear to have some form of TMJ Dysfunction. However, only 5-12% will have any related medical symptoms serious enough to require treatment. TMJ is officially known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) but most refer to it as just TMJ.
What are symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction?
A range of symptoms are triggered by a misalignment of the TMJ. Some may be minor but other serious issues may develop which can disrupt day everyday life and become unbearable such as:
What are the causes of TMJ Dysfunction?
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There are numerous ways to both temporarily and permanently relieve the symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction. The ultimate goal is to realign the jaw so the TMJ can perform normally.
A bite guard is a dental orthotic used to prevent the clenching of teeth and reducing the inflammation in the TMJ region, therefore relaxing the muscle spasms and realigning the condyle in a better position. After assessing your bite and jaw, we can prescribe the most appropriate bite guard which has the ability to remove TMJ symptoms.
Our neuromuscular dentist techniques explore the intricate relationship between the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck. They aim to relieve tension in the jaw and connected muscles by repositioning the bite.
While neuromuscular dentistry does not claim to treat neck, back, shoulder, or arm pain directly, a realignment of the bite can alleviate pain in many areas of the body
Exercises to gradually relieve tension in the TMJ are provided so that habitual clenching of teeth is avoided.
Muscle relaxant medication can be prescribed to allow jaw muscles to relax quickly. This allows the TMJ to be better positioned and less likely to pulled out of place by over-stressed muscles.
Surgery is a last-resort treatment but may be necessary to realign the TMJ. Numerous surgeries from keyhole to open jaw surgery to realign the TMJ and prevent the numerous symptoms that TMJ triggers.
How much does TMJ treatment cost?
Costs will depend on the course of TMJ treatment. This can vary greatly from the issuing of muscles exercises to surgery. The first step is to get a diagnosis for TMJ so that you can be confident that your pain can be addressed with TMJ treatment.
Are you suffering from TMJ symptoms?
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Tinnitus is a ringing in the ear and can be caused by a dental condition known as TMJ. TMJ is often caused by grinding teeth as a byproduct of stress.
Did you know dentists can diagnose and treat snoring and sleep apnea? Using a dental device may avoid the need for a noisy and uncomfortable CPAP machine.
TMJ Dysfunction can cause jaw, neck and back pain, headaches and also tinnitus. Learn more about TMJ Dysfunction and treatment with these simple FAQ’s.