August 30, 2017
If you can’t open or close your mouth without hearing (and feeling) a pop or a click, that may be your body’s way of telling you there’s a problem that needs fixing. TMJ/TMD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, affects a significant number of adults in our region, many of whom do not realize there is an effective treatment option available from their Coral Gables dentist. That’s right — Dr. Jose A. Bushdid has the experience and training necessary to help get you out of jaw pain and on with your life.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, helps you open, close, and move your mouth from side to side without issue. It is a complex grouping of nerves, blood vessels, and bones — and when something is off with its alignment, chronic pain and difficulty using the jaw are likely to occur.
The warning signs of TMJ include…
- A clicking, popping jaw
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Difficulty opening wide
- Trouble eating and chewing
- Jaw, face, neck, or ear pain
- Chronic headaches or migraines
Facial trauma/injury and misaligned teeth and bite can cause TMJ/TMD. Stress tends to aggravate the condition. The condition can affect anyone, but it is slightly more common in women than men.
What Are the Effects of TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD is usually not thought of as a life-threatening disorder, but the pain and discomfort can be debilitating!! Left untreated, TMJ/TMD can effect the whole body. Let’s start with the head and neck, most TMJ patients suffer from a forward head posture, which puts a heavy strain on your neck. This decompression of the upper cervical can lead to severe neck pain as well as debilitating migraines. Another effect can be chronic pain in the ears, including constant ear congestion, ringing in the ears and/or vertigo. Over time, TMJ/TMD can also cause tingling in your extremities. The tooth enamel may become worn down or break due to prolonged teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching. Sensitivity is common, and the risk of tooth decay and gum disease rises with associated bruxism.
Do not hesitate to consult your dentist if you suspect you could benefit from TMJ therapy.
How Is TMJ/TMD Treated?
Dr. Bushdid offers a number of treatments for TMJ. By taking a gneuromuscular approach, he considers more than just your jaw joint — rather, the focus is on bringing the bite, jaw, neck, and all supporting structures into harmony for long term health and wellness. A successful treatment plan may include a customized orthotic, braces, or reshaping the teeth to improve the way the upper and lower jaw meet. After TMJ/TMD is treated, Phase II treatment may include porcelain veneers or other cosmetic options to improve the appearance of worn down teeth.
Where Is the Dentist Near Me Providing TMJ Therapy?
If you are ready to get out of jaw pain, visit the dentist providing TMJ/TMD therapy. Dr. Bushdid will evaluate the alignment of your bite and provide the most effective treatment for you. Request an appointment today!
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