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Clenching / Grinding / TMJ Disorder 2018-09-03T19:04:12+00:00

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ Disorder is a condition that occurs when the TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) in your Jaw are subjected toexcess pressure through misalignment or malfunction of the Teeth, Muscles and Jaw; and according to studies done by the American Dental Association…..

***approximately 75 million people suffer from some form of TMJ Disorder.

The TM Joint is one of the most frequently used joints in the entire body. Every time you talk, chew and even swallow, you are using your TM joint. You can find the TM Joint by pressing your fingertips immediately in front of each ear and then opening and closing your mouth.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

In many cases TMJ Disorder remains undiagnosed in many patients who have suffered from years of chronic head, neck, ear and joint pain. TMJ Disorder causes widespread and variable pain that may vary from mild, constant discomfort to severe, intermittent pain in the affected regions.

  • Headaches

  • Ear Pain

  • Facial & Neck Pain

  • Jaw Clicking

  • Muscle Tension

  • Pain when opening & closing the mouth

Often TMJ Disorder is not so much felt in the joint itself as the affected muscles in the face and jaw. It’s a bit like having a stone in your shoe; not only does your foot hurt, but your ankles, legs and back also become painful as the body tries to compensate. The Journal of the American Medical Association describes TMJ Disorder as “the great imposter” because it mimics many different diseases and has such a wide variety of symptoms.

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What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TEETH

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Poor dental work…Including Orthodontics.

 

 

 

 

MUSCLES

  • Incorrect swallowing habits from childhood which pushes the jaw back and creates poor jaw and cranial development
  • Myofunctional Habits such as grinding and clenching teeth, and mouth breathing
  • Muscle Tension resulting from grinding and clenching teeth also overloads the TMJ’s and surrounding muscles.

JAW

  • Incorrect jaw growth causing misalignment of the upper and lower jaw.
  • Trauma such as a fall or car accident (very common with whiplash injuries)
  • Degenerative Diseases such as Osteoarthritis.

 

 

How is TMJ Treated?

The first goal in treating TMJ Disorder is to relieve pressure on the TM Joints, decrease muscle tension and limit the effects of what is causing the pain, ie; clenching and grinding the teeth, etc.

Whatever the cause or severity of the problem, the most effective way of treating TMJ Disorder is to initially use a soft dental splint. We recommend the TMJ-MBV Appliances designed and patented by the Myofunctional Research Company. The majority of intra-oral dental appliances are rigid and position the lower jaw forward in an uncomfortable, unnatural position which can increase TM Joint pain.

The TMJ-MBV appliances have a soft, flexible design that is perfect for relieving the pressure put on the TM Joints, and because of its “instant fit” it is the first choice in diagnosing and treating TMJ Disorder, Teeth Grinding and Clenching, Sleep Disorders and Snoring by Doctors and Dentists.Best of all, because there is NO Molding and NO Adjustment it can be used for IMMEDIATE treatment and relief.

If you’re in pain or discomfort contact our office today for immediate relief!

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