TMJ DISORDER

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

TMJ Disorder is known as the "Great Imposter" as it can mimic any type of Head, Neck, and Facial Pain.

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TMJ (Jaw Joint) noises (clicking or popping), trouble opening or closing the mouth are common signs but TMJ pain is not necessarily present.

Patients with Migraines, Headaches, Tension Headaches, Concussions, Tourette's Syndrome, Dystonia, and MVA can also have TMJ Disorders.

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EYE PROBLEMS
Eye Pain
Eye Pressure
Blurry Vision
Light Sensitivity
Dry/Watery eyes

Eye Problems can be caused by TMJ Disorders. 

Eye problems can also occur from Migraines, Concussion, Mild TBI & MVA.

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Headaches & Head Pain can be caused by TMJ Disorders. 

The primary nerve involved in Headaches & Head Pain is the Trigeminal Nerve, which is the nerve for the TMJ (Jaw Joint), upper jaw, lower jaw & eye.

HEAD PAIN / HEADACHES
Forehead/Temple Headaches
"Tension" Headaches
"Migraine" Headaches
Sinus Type Headaches
Shooting Pain up back of head
Hair/ Scalp painful to touch
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JAW PROBLEMS
Jaw Pain
Jaw Joint Sounds
Clicking
Popping
Grating Sounds

Jaw Problems (pain and noises) is a sign of a TMJ problem. 

No normal joint should make noises or have pain.

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Mouth Problems can be caused by TMJ Disorders.

When the dentist cannot find the dental cause of your mouth problem, the TMJ needs to be evaluated for the cause of the mouth problem. 

MOUTH PROBLEMS
Mouth Pain 
Mouth Locks Open
Mouth Locks Shut
Jaw deviates on opening
Limited Mouth Opening
Trouble opening mouth
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TMJ DISORDERS IS KNOWN AS THE GREAT IMPOSTER AS IT CAN MIMICK ANY TYPE OF HEAD, NECK, JAW AND FACIAL PAIN

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Ear Problems can be caused by TMJ Disorders.

The ear has a close relationship to the jaw.

Just stick your fingers in your ears and you can feel your jaw move and may even hear jaw noises (click, popping, sandpaper).

EAR PROBLEMS
Ear pain / Pressure
Clogged / Itchy Ears
Ringing / Buzzing
Sound Sensitivity
Dizzy Spells
Vertigo
Extra Wax Buildup
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Teeth Problems can be caused by TMJ Disorders.

The TMJ needs to be evaluated for the cause of the tooth problem if the exact cause of your tooth problem cannot be determined.

TEETH PROBLEMS
Teeth Pain
Teeth Sensitivity
Clenching / Grinding
Chipped Teeth
Teeth Fracturing
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Throat Problems can be caused by TMJ Disorders. 

TMJ Disorders should be considered as the cause of your throat problem if your ENT is not able to determine the exact cause.

THROAT PROBLEMS
Throat Pain/Fullness
Swallowing Difficulties
Voice Irregularities or changes
Frequent coughing /clearing of throat
Feeling of foreign object in throat
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Neck Problems can be casued by TMJ Disorders.

If your Neck problems are not getting better with your current treatment, TMJ Disorder Treatment can help you with your Neck Problems.

NECK PROBLEMS
Neck Pain
Stiff / Sore Muscles
Shoulder & Back Aches
Arm & Finger Numbness/Pain

TMD symptoms can arise from a failure of the TMJ, spine and muscles of the head and neck working correctly together, some TMD can eventually cause more serious conditions and should be addressed and treated as early as possible.

 

No single treatment has been conclusively found to “cure” TMJ disorders completely. Effective treatment takes time, but Oasis Dental can show you the way from the pain of TMD to a healthier and more comfortable jaw, head and neck.

 

WHAT IS THE TMJ

TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT?

The left and right temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull at each side.

The temporomandibular joint can become misaligned causing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.  The stress caused by any affliction among several temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can cause severe head, neck and jaw pain in patients ranging in age from children, kids and teens to adults and the elderly.

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE TMJ DISORDER?

DO I HAVE A TMJ PROBLEM?

What a Normal TMJ Looks Like

Jaw (TMJ) Clicking/Popping & Doesn't Open Normally

(TMJ Disc Displacement with Reduction)

Lock Jaw (Jaw Getting Stuck) & TMJ Noise Stopped

(TMJ Disc Displacement without Reduction)

Noisy (Grating Sandpaper Sound) TMJ & TMJ Arthritis

(TMJ Degenerative Joint Disease)

​​​TMD can stem from a singular variable or an unfortunate combination. Tightened jaw muscles under the strain of clenching or grinding teeth can severely stress the TMJ. Injuries, disease, and arthritis can directly damage the joint and stretch or tear the attached muscle ligaments, slip the TMJ disc or cartilage out of position.

Whatever the cause, TMD sufferers experience a variety of painful conditions, including a misaligned bite, chronic pain, clicking or grating noises when opening or closing the mouth, and difficulty opening the mouth wide.

OBVIOUS TMJ DYSFUNCTION SYMPTOMS

  • Joint sounds (popping, click, or grating)

  • Trouble or pain on opening, closing, or chewing

  • Jaw feeling stuck or locked

  • Clenching or grinding teeth

  • Teeth sensitive, loose, broken, or worn

  • Teeth do not fit together properly or bite feels off

  • Pressure or headache behind the eyes, over the forehead, or on the side of the head

  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands

  • Dizzy spells, blurred vision, ear fullness, ear ringing, or sinus fullness

  • Pain or pressure around face, neck, or shoulders

  • Neck aches

  • Headaches

CLENCHING AND GRINDING

Clenching and Grinding in Kids and Adults:  Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?

Bruxism is an oral parafunctional (abnormal) activity that commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, especially for adults and children with sleep apnea or an airway restriction. It can occur during the day also.

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Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, the subconscious process may become active while the higher control is inactive (asleep), resulting in bruxism. The most common symptoms are the same as patients with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?​
  • Arthritis – In the most severe cases, bruxism can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints that allow the jaw to open and close smoothly.

  • Occlusal Trauma – The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the teeth can lead to fractures, which if left untreated, may require restorative treatment at a later time.

  • Facial Pain – Grinding can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth. This can lead to muscle pain in the myofascial region and, in severe cases, incapacitating headaches.

  • Gum Recession – Bruxism is a leading cause of gum recession and tooth loss. Grinding teeth can damage the soft tissue directly and lead to loose teeth and deep pockets where bacteria are able to colonize and decay the supporting bone.

Treatment Options

Though there is no one cure for bruxism, there are a variety of devices and services available from our office to help treat bruxism.​

  • Mouthguard – An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from teeth impressions to minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep. Mouthguards are expected to be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage.

  • NTI-tss Device – This device only covers the front teeth and must be fitted at our office. The idea behind the NTI-tss is to prevent grinding the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle in the jaw.

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic – BOTOX® Cosmetic can be injected into the muscles responsible for bruxing by disabling them enough to prevent grinding, but not enough to disrupt normal functions like speaking and chewing.

Once bruxing is under control, we can perform a variety of dental procedures to restore the pleasant aesthetic appearance of your smile such as crowns, gum grafts, and crown lengthening.

 

BEFORE AND AFTER TESTIMONIALS

TMJ DISORDER & COMPLEX TMJ DISORDERS