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TMJ stands for tempro-mandibular joint. This is a complicated myriad of muscle, dental, and jaw joint dysfunction resulting in pain and/or structural failure. Treatment involves three components, primarily: TMJ breakdown minimization, muscle therapy, and restoration of structurally damaged teeth.
The TMJ Joint, is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of your mouth. TMJ disorder, is a complicated disorder, often characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw and surrounding tissue such as the muscles in the face, and neck.
There is no single cause for TMJ. Any number of factors or combination of factors can cause TMJ including:
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face.
- Trauma to the TMJ joint or arthritis.
- Hormonal changes or imbalances.
- Malocclusion (the jaws don’t line up correctly causing bite problems).
Symptoms of TMJ disorder vary. TMJ symptoms often disguise themselves as other medical conditions, making it difficult to diagnose. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain.
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing the jaw.
- Locked jaw or limited mobility of the jaw joint.
- Teeth clenching or grinding.
- Chronic earaches.
Improper bite alignment and TMJ problems can cause pain as well as deterioration of teeth and support structures. Dr. Keyser evaluates smiles for these issues as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, his knowledge of TMJ related issues allows him to provide contemporary therapies to treat discomfort and restore maximum functionality.
No two patients are alike, and there is no single sure fire treatment for TMJ disorder. Dr. Keyser will prescribe the proper course of action, sometimes involving the combination of multiple TMJ treatments depending on your needs and condition.
Occlusal equilibration, also known as bite correction or TMJ correction, is the process of adjusting the alignment of teeth for an optimal fit. The teeth should line up and make even contact with one another, creating a low-stress bite.
Over 95% of TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and TMJ pain is caused by an improper occlusion. Bite correction can help to ease the symptoms of TMD such as sore jaw, headaches, jaw popping, teeth clenching, and more.