What is TMJ?
The term TMJ is synonymous with jaw pain, clicking or popping, but did you know that TMJ really stands for the name of our jaw joint? The Tempro-Mandibular Joint is the joint that attaches our lower jaw ( the mandible ) to the skull. Many people say that they have TMJ. In reality we all do… we all have this joint. What they really mean is TMJD or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. There are a series of symptoms that people experience from TMJD. Headaches, congested ears, dizziness, ringing in the ears, facial pain, jaw clicking and popping, Migraines and neck pain are all symptoms of a TMJD. Our teeth, muscles and TMJ, should all be in harmony with each other. When they are not we start experiencing pain.
TMJ Causes &
The root of the problem
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is the term most often used when someone is experiencing problems in their jaw joints and jaw muscles. These jaw-related problems can range in their severity, with some people feeling some minor discomfort and others feeling quite a lot of pain. Some symptoms may include clicking or popping of the joint as you open and close. Other symptoms can include inner ear pressure, vertigo or dizziness, muscle pain in the head and neck or headaches.
When someone is diagnosed with TMJ dysfunction, it can mean a variety of things and they can have a variety of symptoms. With a mirage of symptoms it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. That is why It is important to have a dentist that has had additional training in TMJD not only in the diagnosis, but also in the continued care of your condition.
The different causes of TMJ
There are many different things that can cause TMJ, including genetics, crooked teeth, missing teeth, trauma to the mouth and/or jaw area, teeth grinding or clenching, skull shape, previous dental work and more.
Genetics: Some people are simply genetically predisposed to acquiring TMJ. Conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia can exacerbate a TMJ condition.
Missing teeth and a small mouth can create added stress on your TMJ system.
Trauma to mouth and/or jaw area: Includes any jolting injury made to the head, face or neck.
Teeth grinding/clinching: This causes a lot of wear and tear on the teeth, this can lead to a poor bite relationship.
Previous dental work: Too much manipulation of the jaw when dental work is being performed can exacerbate TMJD
Recommending a treatment starts with clarification of a diagnosis. A consultation allows us to explore what your problems are, what we think the cause may be and how to help you. Using different tools such as electromyography and sonography, Dr Sudikoff can determine if your problem is stemming from the joint, teeth or muscles. Treatments can range from a simple nightguard, a bite adjustment, a neuromuscular orthotic, invisalign, to a complex orthotic or reconstruction.. Every case is individual and sometimes complex combinations are recommended. We always help you to understand your condition and methods and recommendations of treatment.
What’s right for you? Start with a consultation. This is a great starting point to determine how complex your case is and the best way for Dr. Sudikoff to help you. From there we can head you down a path to pain free living.
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