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Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ, TMJD or TMD) cause tenderness and pain in your jaw, face, and head and neck.
These disorders occur as a result of problems with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint on each side of your head in front of your ears that connects the lower jawbone to your skull.
Possible causes of the disorder are:
Certain causes may also affect your bite, which in turn may require corrective dental treatment. We can improve your bite by balancing the surfaces of your teeth, replacing missing teeth or replacing fillings or crowns. Maintaining a stable bite is essential to your oral health and ensures that your teeth will come in contact in the most pain-free manner possible.
That ongoing headache or earache you experience could be caused by issues with your jaw joints or bite. This can be difficult to diagnose, but our team is dedicated to proper diagnosis and treatment to combat this pain effectively and successfully.
Symptoms of pain caused by TMJ can include:
To properly diagnose TMJ issues, we need to perform a complete head and neck evaluation, as well as a complete health history check, x-rays and other tests as needed. Our multi-disciplinary approach to effective diagnosis includes custom orthotics, stress management, medications, modality therapy and referral to other healthcare specialists if necessary. Our office understands the importance of a team approach with physicians and sleep centers, so we can provide successful, long-term care solutions.
There is a connection between TMJ disorders and sleep disorders. Over 90 million Americans have snoring problems, most are adults over the age of 40. If this develops into obstructive sleep apnea, a wide range of problems from sleep disturbance to more serious health issues can result. Sleep Apnea is instigated when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes while you sleep, causing interruptions in breathing. These interruptions usually last between 10 to 20 seconds each and can occur up to hundreds of times a night.
Problems that can develop from untreated sleep apnea:
As dentistry is an integral part of sleep medicine, we work together with physicians to provide effective diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders.