Thursday, August 16, 2018
TMJ

"TMJ" stand for Tempro Mandibular Joint, or jaw joint. The TMJ joints are positioned in front of your ears, and connects the movable lower jaw to the upper stationary maxilla. These joints allow for all movements of the jaw necessary for biting, chewing, swallowing, speaking, and facial expressions.


TMJ and Muscle Disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ, are a collection of symptoms that are characterized by an imbalance of the muscles, teeth, and nerves that supply this area of the head.

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The following are some of the symptoms that are commonly associated with TMJ or TMD.

  • Headaches
  • Joint paint – one or both sides of the mouth
  • Joint noises – popping, clicking, or grinding
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Sensitive muscles
  • Ear congestion or pain
  • Limited opening of the mouth
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Loose teeth
  • Soreness of the head or neck muscles

The causes of both TMJ and TMD are numerous. The doctors of South Towne Dental have both the knowledge and skill to help correct these problems and determine if they are in fact dental related.


After careful evaluation of the teeth, the bite, (the position of the teeth were they touch) and the muscles, a treatment plan can be established to help correct these imbalances.


Possible treatment options can range from simple recontouring of the teeth, to orthodontic intervention, to reconstruction of the teeth and bite, or possibly corrective surgery. We will sit down and determine which treatment option works best for each of our patients needs. This discussion will include a discussion of benefits, risks, possible alternative treatments, and what would happen if no treatment were implemented.


Your teeth should last a lifetime. Dr. Adis and his staff are here to help this happen for you and your entire family.

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