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What are TMJ Disorders or TMD?
What is TMJ or TMD?

TMJ (temporomandibular joints) is part of your bottom jaw structure. They are the most sophisticated and delicate joints in your whole body and control all of your jaw movements during chewing and all other functions.

TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) describes symptoms resulting from a disorder in these joints.

What causes TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)?

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) is chronic in nature and often exaggerated over time. Loss of teeth, long term grinding and tooth wear, misalignment or irregular teeth and lack of stability in your bite are primary contributors to TMJ dysfunction (TMD).

What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)?

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) symptoms include one of more of the following:

  • Jaw discomfort or pain up on waking up
  • Chewing and/or biting difficulties
  • “Clicking” from the joint
  • Popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Headaches/earaches
How is TMJ Dysfunction (TMD) diagnosed?

TMJ Dysfunction (TMD) is diagnosed clinically based on study by your TMJ expert and through the observation of symptoms. Radiographic and computerized tools are also be used to aid in the diagnosis.

How can I treat TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)?

Treatment of TMJ disorders (TMD) includes the following: targeted exercises, medication, and/or through treatment with dental appliances.

How long does the treatment last?

The duration of TMJ disorder (TMD) treatment is based on the severity of the condition. It typically varies from a couple of weeks to several months.

How much does the treatment cost?

Treatment appliances are usually moderately priced and may last for several years. Medical and dental insurances may cover portions of the treatment.

Why doesn’t my Night Guard work?

The “night guard”, also know as the “occlusal guard”, is a custom made device that is designed to fit your top teeth and is adjusted to prevent damaging TMJ movement during sleep.

If your “night guard” is not helping, you should consult with Dr. Halim at The Beverly Dentistry”. He can really save your teeth and TMJ!

Before I see my doctor, what are some natural remedies I can do to help with my TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)?

The TMJ is a very delicate and intricate structure. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an expert (specialist) dentist immediately to learn about your best treatment options and prevent further damage.

What is Dental Distress Syndrome?

Dental distress syndrome is a term that describes a disorder resulting from the misalignment of the TMJ and the musculatures that control them. These same structures are responsible for balancing the head on the spinal column. Dental distress syndrome describes a combination of ailments from head to stomach disorders.

Failure of the TMJ and surrounding muscles to work together properly may results in misalignment of the TMJ, bruxism (clenching of teeth), loss of teeth, and/or osteoarthritis of the joints.

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