Are you suffering from jaw pain?
Does your jaw make popping or clicking sounds when you open it? Do you
have regular headaches or migraines that aren’t responding to the
treatments your doctor recommends? Perhaps the true cause of your
symptoms is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). In TMJ, a
dysfunction in your jaw joint can cause muscle strain, pinched nerves,
and other effects that cause numerous symptoms throughout the body.
Although your doctor may have difficulty recognizing and treating TMJ,
you may be delighted at the results a neuromuscular dentist can give.
If you are tired of living with TMJ, we can help. Please call (781) 648-0279 to make an appointment with our Arlington dentist.
What Is TMJ?
(temporomandibular joint disorder) is when your jaw joint isn’t working
properly due to many different causes. Although this sounds like a
simple problem, its effects can be complicated and far-reaching.
jaw joint exists at a major crossroads of your body. It’s directly
involved in eating, drinking, speaking, and breathing. Indirectly, the
muscles that control your jaw partner with the muscles that keep your
neck in alignment to support you head and those that are on your scalp
and face. In addition, your ear is very near your jaw joint, and major
nerves and blood vessels run by your jaw joint.
As a result, a problem with your jaw joint can result in many different symptoms.
What Causes TMJ?
the precise cause of TMJ is unknown, some situations that may
contribute to the condition include an injury to that portion of the
face, arthritis, an improper bite, or any combination of those. People
who are under severe stress often clench or grind their teeth while they
sleep – a condition referred to as bruxism – and that may contribute to
TMJ disorder or develop as a result of TMJ disorder. Bruxism can
increase facial pain and negatively impact the joints, which can lead to
tissue damage. This, in turn, can cause muscle tenderness and painful
spasms, creating a seemingly endless cycle of facial pain.
TMJ symptoms can be local or they can be spread throughout your body. Some TMJ symptoms include:
· Jaw pain
· Jaw sounds: clicking, popping, or grinding
· Sore teeth
· Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
· Pain in the face, or behind the eye
· Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
· Vertigo, dizziness, or balance problems
· Neck pain
· Upper back pain
· Tingling or numbness in the fingers
with unexplained, sometimes incapacitating, physical pain can cause a
host of other debilitating emotional issues such as: Depression, Loss of
sleep, Feelings of helplessness, Apathy, and Dependency on painkillers.
With all these symptoms, it’s no wonder that doctors often have
difficulty diagnosing TMJ. However, neuromuscular dentistry has the
tools to properly diagnosis TMJ.
One of the
reasons TMJ often goes undiagnosed is that it can be the result of a
number of different circumstances. Here are few common causes of TMJ: 1)
Malocclusion (uneven bite), 2) Jaw misalignment, 3) Jaw or head trauma,
and 4) Unbalanced muscles.
At Dental Associates of Arlington, we
begin your TMJ disorder treatment by determining the cause of your
symptoms. Each patient is treated based on what caused their TMJ, so
treatments vary. Our dentist have successfully treated TMJ cases of all
What’s the first step to getting rid of
temporomandibular jaw disorder? Our dentist will perform a comprehensive
examination of your teeth and jaw. Next, we will review your medical
and dental history, take a set of digital x-rays, measure the range of
motion in your jaw, and perform a bite evaluation using the
state-of-the-art T-Scan® dental occlusion scanning tool.
have determined the source of your TMJ, our dentist will design a
custom course of treatment to return your jaw to pain-free, working
Are Your Headaches Caused by a TMJ Disorder?
10% of people in the US suffer from chronic headaches. Those individuals
often turn to pain medicine to alleviate their symptoms. In actuality,
many of those people may suffer from a TMJ disorder that is caused by a
bad bite or any of the other possibilities we have mentioned here.
studies suggest that more than 40 million people in the US suffer
needlessly from TMJ disorders. If you or a member of your family is
experiencing any of the symptoms related to TMJ.
A Social Cost – Hurts Too Much To Talk
wants, and needs, to feel good about themselves and be free of pain to
perform at their best. It’s hard to feel sociable when you’re in
excruciating pain – in fact, usually you don’t feel like doing anything.
often without realizing it, TMJ sufferers may distort their smile, with
a sort of grimacing effect, which can cause others to perceive them as
unhappy or unfriendly and avoid them.
Either way, people’s entire lives can be affected with social loss – personally and professionally.
How Long Does It Take to Get Results?
case is unique. Some people report pain relief in as little as 24 – 48
hours after initial treatment – for others it can range from two weeks
to several months – depending on how extensive their problem is.
Who Can Help Me If I Do Have TMJ?
every dentist has the expertise to assess the jaw-to-bite relationship
properly and work with TMJ patients. It’s extremely important to consult
with a dental professional who is highly experienced specifically in
the evaluation and treatment of TMJ disorder.
Our TMJ Dentists
can help relieve your painful TMJ and Headache symptoms. Call today at
(781) 648-0279 and make an appointment to see a TMJ dentist. Our dental
office also serves communities like Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge,
Lexington, Medford, Somerville, Watertown, and Winchester.