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TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, causes a clicking jaw and tension headaches that begin with the jaw muscles. Inflamed tissue between the jaw and skull, strained beyond its normal limit, can hurt and cause a number of other problems. TMJ can be caused by a number of things such as:

  • Clenching and/or grinding teeth
  • Prolonged and/or frequent biting of hard objects
  • Unusual chewing or speaking movements
  • Poorly aligned bite
  • Degenerative diseases

Signs & Symptoms

Worn or Loose Teeth: Normal chewing will cause the biting surfaces of teeth to wear slightly over a lifetime, but never loosen. Teeth that do not fit together correctly may cause teeth to become loose or excessively worn during normal chewing. Tooth sensitivity and bone loss at any age is not normal and usually symptomatic of TMJ Disorder.

Muscle/Joint Pain: Tempromandibuler Disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term that includes clinical problems in the chewing muscles, TMJ disorder or both. It can cause acute facial pain that is either constant or intermittent. Symptoms can vary greatly between individuals.

Bite/Jaw Problems: Like many diseases, TMJ disorder may develop slowly. It could take years before you become aware of the damage caused by problems in your bite, teeth, and jaw muscles. If your teeth align incorrectly, your body will attempt to compensate which may injure your teeth or muscles.

Treatments for TMJ Disorder

Treatments may be as simple as a modified diet, but it may also involve orthodontics to realign your bite or correct jaw fit or dental appliances to retrain your muscles. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, call to schedule a consultation. Because every case is different, we will need to do a complete assessment of your bite and jaw to determine the appropriate course of action to meet your individual needs.

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