TMJ Specialist - Getting Help from the
A dentist or a TMJ Specialist may be your answer
in relieving TMJ. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular
Joint Dysfunction which is a misalignment of the
Temporomandibular Joint(s) that causes pain, usually in front of the
ear(s), sometimes in the form of a headache. It's also popularly termed
There can be many causes of TMJ symptoms;
from facial trauma to
inflammation of the jaw or from degenerative arthritis, and sometimes
from poor dental work that pushes the mandible bone towards the ears
everytime one try to chew or swallow. Muscle spasm, can also
cause head and
neck pain, that roots from TMJ from which one will experience
difficulty of opening one's mouth normally.
Two Components To the Temporomandibular Joint
of vertical dimension - This can be characterized as the
distance from your chin to your nose or simply "chin-to-nose". The
ideal dimension can be damaged by any of the following:
of the dental arch
- excessive wear of the teeth
size discrepancy (upper - lower dental arch)
Unreleased nervous energy due to stress can be
released consciously or unconsciously through grinding or clinching of
teeth. The feeling of Pain and helplessness which comes with
TMJ symptoms can cause frustration which can lead to depression.
Treating TMJ dysfunction
While TMJ symptoms caused by stress can be reduced
by TMJ exercises,
visit to a professional practitioners such as dentist or TMJ specialist
makes a lot of difference.
are able to verify the presence of TMJ problems and give
you the right treatment to alleviate your condition.
or she can also check your "bite" to see if it needs some corrections.
Sometimes, it's as simple as correcting one or two teeth that
causing the misalignment.
Your dentist can also identify
grinding by your teeth's wear
patterns. Unconscious clenching of your jaw and unconscious grinding of
your teeth both day and night may lead to TMJ problems. The unconscious
clenching of your jaw and grinding of your teeth doesn't only damage
your teeth but may seriously damage your TMJ. Your
dentist may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night.
Putting the mouth guard in hot water will make it
pliable so when
you put it into your mouth and bite down, it will mold according to
your teeth's shape and pattern. If this relieves the TMJ symptoms, you
may ask your dentist for a custom-made one that you can wear to resolve
If your dentist is not a TMJ Specialist, he may
recommend a dentist who
specializes in TMJ
problems, especially if yours is a severe case that is
beyond his capacity to correct.
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