The exact cause of the disorder is unknown. Some factors are related to an improper bite, injury, arthritis, severe stress, or a combination of factors. Clenching or grinding teeth, a condition called bruxism, may develop from stress or as part of a sleep disorder.
This can tire muscles and create painful spasms, causing even more pain. Repeated muscle problems may affect the joints, resulting in tissue damage, muscle tenderness, and more spasm, perpetuating a cycle of pain.
A thorough dental examination is the first step toward finding a solution. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include reshaping teeth, bite guards, and muscle relaxants.
Proper diagnosis is critical to make sure you receive treatment for your particular condition. At Kneib Dentistry we will only recommend treatment after conducting a thorough health history, clinical exam, taking appropriate X-rays, and perhaps confirming the condition through other diagnostic tests.
At Kneib Dentistry we may prescribe a multiple-phase treatment plan. Only minor corrective treatment may be needed. Treatment may be simple or require more steps for alleviating the condition, depending on the degree of severity. Some of these treatments include:
In most cases we treat at Kneib Dentistry, the symptoms related to TMJ disorders can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth.
What is TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, is a type of disorder that can cause pain in the joints and muscles in your jaw that control movement.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders vary depending on their severity but may include pain in one or both jaws when chewing, closing your mouth, touching your chin to your chest, or rubbing your chin against your shoulder. When you have a TMJ disorder, you can experience serious pain in the muscles and joints of your jaw.
Does TMJ go away?
TMJ is not irreversible, but with the right treatment and care, you can resolve the condition and lessen your symptoms. If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you can create pressure on your muscles and joints and these may result in TMJ.Talk to your dentist about TMJ treatments during your next visit.
Can TMJ cause dizziness?
Your temporomandibular joints are very close to your inner ear. Your inner ear functions to help you balance, however if you are applying pressure to your temporomandibular joint, your inner ear may be negatively affected. It's not uncommon for this to result in lightheadedness, dizziness, or vertigo.
Can braces fix TMJ?
Braces are a common solution to issues related to TMJ, however this fix doesn't help all who suffer from TMJ. If your TMJ is related to issues with your bite, such as an overbite or underbite, braces can help to properly align your teeth and may resolve TMJ symptoms.
Is TMJ hereditary?
TMJ can be hereditary, but more often than not it is caused by other factors. Improper bites, teeth grinding, arthritis, trauma to the jaw, and jaw clenching could be reasons why someone develops TMJ. Many times, it is difficult to determine what exactly causes your specific TMJ disorder.
What is the difference between TMD and TMJ?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joining disorder and is essentually the same thing as TMJ. People often use TMJ and TMD interchangeably, but both refer to the same jaw disorder.