What is TMJ? What causes TMJ? By Dr Gary Adams TMJ Specialist in Maryland.
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Tooth Clenching, Tooth Grinding, Bruxism and TMJ Pain are caused by TWO things:
Airway Restrictions caused by a small mouth, small nasal passageways and crowded tongue and tonsil spaces.
Bad Bite that is not comfortable
Stress and poor work conditions are major contributing or exacerbating factors, but they do not cause TMJ sypmtoms or pain alone.
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TMJ Pain – Jaw Pain, Neck Pain, Migraine Headaches, Sinus Pressure and Pain
Sleep Apnea – The appliance helps the jaws grow larger, creating room for proper breathing and tongue position.
Postural Problems – Neck Pain, Shoulder Blade, Back Pain
Common signs and symptoms of TMJ include:
Jaw Pain especially in the morning
Jaw Joint Popping and clicking
Limited opening and range of motion of Jaw
Worn, Cracked, Chipped and Broken Teeth. Often a history of past Root Canals, Crowns and fillings by the gum line
Ear fullness and sometimes loss of hearing
Unstable Tooth Position. Constant need to wear retainers or teeth that are always shifting
Tied Tongue or Tied Lip
Headaches, possibly migraines, especially in the Temporal area and up around and behind the eyes
Sinus Pressure or the feeling of having a Sinus Infection
Neck and shoulder tension, upper back pain
Sense of Water or Fullness in the ear and sometimes ear pain, hearing loss
Tingling in the fingers and extremities
FAQ about temporomandibular joint disorder:
What is the temporomandibular joint? The temporomandibular joint is the joint that literally connects the jawbone to the head. The Jaw bone is the Mandible and the head consists of several bones including the temporal bone. TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint. The TMJ joint rotates and slided down and forward in its open position. It is the only joint in the body capable of 3D movement.
What causes TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders, technically called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or the acronym, TMD. TMD can be caused by trauma, but more often is caused by bruxism which is a condition where there is clenching and grinding of the teeth. The cause for clenching and grinding is 1) Bad Bite 2) an upper airway restriction or apnea that stimulates the clenching reflex at night time. Most TMD people will have some postural changes often complaining of neck and upper back tension and pain.
What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ?
Jaw pain, popping of the jaw joints, head ache, sore and sensitive teeth, sinus pressure, loss of hearing, vertigo, neck and upper back pain. The condition can often be self diagnosed. The symptoms will wax and wane with stress, seasonal allergies, barometric pressure changes and changes in habits and schedules or a triggering event such as a dental appointment or chewy meal.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
a complaint of pain in the jaw joint or jaw muscles accompanied with poor function of the jaw joint.
How are TMJ Disorders Diagnosed?
Usually the patient can diagnose themselves, but the condition is confirmed by a specially trained dentist.
How are TMJ Disorders Treated?
Treated with physical therapy, bite appliances and airway opening appliances.
What should you do if you think you have TMD?