Together, We Can Tackle TMJ
- Posted on: Mar 30 2018
TMJ disorder is a common condition that is often misunderstood; and where there is misunderstanding, there may be mistreatment or no treatment at all. It is important that TMJ disorder is recognized and treated, though, because the lack of proper mechanics in the joints at the back of the jaw can lead to bigger problems.
TMJ disorder affects nearly 10 million Americans, according to data gathered from the National Institute of Craniofacial Research. That makes it a far too common condition to go unrecognized. If you’re wondering why your jaw is clicking when you chew, or why you frequently feel tightness and soreness in your jaw, it may be that you need to learn more about TMJ function – and the ways it can go wrong. In our Boca Raton office, we pay close attention to symptoms such as these, as well as others like frequent headaches or migraines. When we see them, we set out to improve comfort and quality of life through careful exploration and treatment planning.
How Does TMJ Disorder Improve?
If you experience any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, a quick online search can lead you to more information than you may be able even to process. You may read that you need to stop chewing gum (that could be true), or that you should limit your caffeine intake to reduce systemic stress. There are numerous suggestions that revolve around giving the jaw a break. But TMJ disorder often needs a little more than that.
To obtain long-term improvement for individuals who live with TMJ disorder, it is necessary to investigate the various factors that could be putting undue stress on the temporomandibular joints. To only treat the aspect of stress could mean that a trigger is being overlooked. That is why we observe things like restorations, tooth structure, bite alignment, and oral anatomy using multiple modalities. We don’t just look at the mouth; we use Electromyography (EMG) to observe how muscles and nerves are performing. Computerized testing is also incorporated into the diagnostic phase of care.
The more that we can understand the nature of TMJ disorder, the better we are at improving comfort. Treatment may involve Botox injections to relax tensed muscles, cosmetic procedures to help teeth fit better together, and more.
Posted in: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD)