Symptoms of TMJ outlined by your Waterford MI dentist

TMJ disorder is not a condition most people hear about often. Affecting the joints of the jaw, TMJ disorder is actually a problem in the neuromuscular system. Typically, the problem in the jaw will persist for some time before treatment is obtained. This is not due to lack of concern, but a lack of detection. The symptoms of TMJ disorder are often not recognized as treatable. In our Waterford, MI dental practice, we offer comfortable solutions to this chronic, uncomfortable problem.

TMJ disorder may also be referred to as TMD or TMJD. Your dentist will call the condition Temporomandibular joint disorder, because the underlying problem is situated in the Temporomandibular joints, which are located at the back of the jaw on each side of the mouth .The TMJs are what enable us to chew, speak, laugh, and perform various other motions. These joints slide forward and backward, they open and close, and pivot from side to side. Clearly, they are complex.

Dysfunction in the TMJs may develop due to several factors. Habits such as clenching or grinding teeth, misalignment in the bite, or even degenerative disorders can all cause undue stress on these joints, leading to chronic irritation.

Metropolitan Dental Center uses advanced diagnostic tools to gain the greatest amount of information so that we can make an accurate diagnosis of TMJ disorder. Our equipment includes proven technology such as CAT scan imaging, which enables us to see the structural needs of the jaw and devise the most appropriate treatment plan for restored comfort.

Without adequate recognition, one may not get the treatment he or she needs to restore proper TMJ function. Symptoms to pay attention to include:
  • Jaw popping or clicking, which may occur when you speak, chew, laugh, or move the jaw
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Persistent tightness or pain in the jaw, face, neck, or around the ears
  • Muffled hearing, ringing in the ears, or chronic earaches
  • Teeth have become worn down, indicating a problem with clenching or grinding
  • The bite feels off when you try to fit teeth together
  • Teeth have become loose, but you do not have gum disease
  • You have difficulty moving the jaw
Every one of us is different. Therefore, our approach to the treatment of TMJ disorder is individualized to the neuromuscular structure of each patient. It is possible that some of the mentioned symptoms are present, but the patient does not have TMJ disorder. Likewise, TMJ can present in the absence of common symptoms. It is through careful evaluation using the latest diagnostic equipment that we determine the underlying problem. With the information gained through our evaluation process, we can plan for the most successful treatment.

Contact Metropolitan Dental Center to learn more about TMJ disorder.

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