TMJ TherapyAn Overview
TMJ disorder is a chronic pain condition that afflicts the temporomandibular joint. While there is no one cause or fix all treatment for TMJ, restorative dentist Dr. Georgia Haddad is highly trained and experienced in bite analysis to help pinpoint a patient’s unique cause of discomfort.
TMJ can be caused by grinding of the teeth, excessive clenching of the jaw or an injury or trauma to the joint or muscle. Some patients also experience chronic jaw pain due to crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
- Sinus pain
- Jaw and neck pain
- Ear pain
- Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Locked jaw
- Excessively worn teeth
- Grinding or clenching of jaw
The Effects of TMJ
Left untreated, patients with TMJ may experience damage to their teeth and gums associated with the effects of TMJ. Many patients with TMJ grind or clench their teeth causing excessive wear and potentially chips or cracks. These initially minor dental concerns could progress and lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Patients with TMJ often experience chronic headaches and facial pain that can begin to interefere with the quality of their lives. Treating TMJ can help protect the health of the teeth and gums as well as relieve chronic headaches and pain.