What is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction or disorder relates to a number of health issues resulting from a misalignment of the jaw joint.
Nearly 70% of people will appear to have some form of TMJ Dysfunction. However, only 5-12% will have any related medical symptoms serious enough to require treatment. TMJ is officially known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) but most refer to it as just TMJ.
TMJ Dysfunction FAQ's
What are symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction?
HeadachesTension headaches that feel like a throbbing sensation in a ring around the head, like wearing a hat a few sizes too small. These can sometimes be mistaken to migraines.
Clicking jawA clicking, popping or snapping sound in the jaw joint almost always accompanies TMJ Dysfunction.
Jaw or ear painSustained and severe pain in the jaw or ear can often related to an issue with the TMJ being misaligned.
Neck and Shoulder PainAn incorrect bite (either under bite or overbite) can cause abnormalities in the jaws position with the skull. The jaw is then twisted into a strained position that triggers pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back
TinnitusRinging in the ears can often caused by a strained bite due to a misalignment of the jaw. Tinnitus is often misdiagnosed and is frequently treated ineffectively or not at all. If you suffer from tinnitus it is worth ruling out TMJ dysfunction as the cause.
What are the causes of TMJ Dysfunction?
Tense muscles in the neck and jaw brought on by stress can cause the TMJ to become misaligned and lead to dysfunction.
A blow to the jaw
A trauma to the jaw area can knock the TMJ out of alignment
An incorrect bite (known as malocclusion)
Excessive grinding if teeth creates constantly tense jaw muscles which can disrupt the TMJ.
How much does TMJ treatment cost?
Your TMJ treatment with Dr Finkelstein
Our neuromuscular dentist techniques explore the intricate relationship between the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck. They aim to relieve tension in the jaw and connected muscles by repositioning the bite.
While neuromuscular dentistry does not claim to treat neck, back, shoulder, or arm pain directly, a realignment of the bite can alleviate pain in many areas of the body
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