TMJ Disorder (TMD)

Headaches, Neck Aches, Grinding and Popping

If you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw popping, you may suffer from TMJ Disorder.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Problems associated with the jaw muscles or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) lead to a common condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). The painful conditions may range from being slightly bothersome to requiring a change in your life style. A slightly bothersome pain equates to the slight pain you experience when biting down on hard food that quickly subsides, while the life changing pain equates to the more severe, lingering pain you experience when talking or when chewing on any food substance. Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, can help to determine the degree of pain you are experiencing and recommend the dental treatment appropriate for your dental needs.

Modern Technology JVA (Joint Vibration Analysis) Objective Analysis Available at Advanced Dental Care

Human joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in a proper bio-mechanical relationship produce little friction and little vibration. But surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns or “signatures”. PC-assisted vibration analysis helps identify these patterns and helps you distinguish among various TM disorders.

What is the Function of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joins your mandible (your lower jaw) to the temporal bone of your skull that is located in front of your ear on each side of your head. The flexibility of the joint permits vertical and horizontal movements that allow you to talk, chew, and yawn. The muscles attached to and surrounding your TMJ control the movement and position of your jaw.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Dr. Koch knows that the causes of TMJ disorder vary from patient to patient. He also knows that improper treatment of TMJ Disorder can lead to long-term dental health problems. You want to look for problems associated with the muscles of your jaw or with the joint itself. In rare instances, sometimes, trauma to the joint, the jaw, or the head and neck muscles can trigger TMJ disorders.

What Signs Indicate TMJ Disorder?

Not always indicators of TMJ, but the following signs may suggest TMJ is present.

  • Aches of the head and neck
  • Sensitivity of the teeth
  • Grinds, pops, or clicks of the TMJ
  • Wearing down, loosening, or breaking of the teeth
  • Pain to the face area
  • Locking of the jaw when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Tightening of the facial and jaw muscles or clenching of the teeth

By conducting a simple bite evaluation, Dr. Koch can determine if relief is possible from any of these symptoms of TMJ.

Is there Relief from TMJ Disorders?

Every dental patient is different, and each TMJ Disorder requires specific consideration. Depending on your specific dental needs, Dr. Koch may place an extremely small appliance onto your upper front teeth. It simply clips into place and relaxes your muscles, which in turn, reduces the frequency and intensity of your headache or neck pain. Together, Dr. Koch uses the bite evaluation and the appliance to aid in his diagnosis of the cause of your TMJ problem, and while the device offers some pain relief, Dr. Koch’s goal is to find the root cause of your TMJ disorder and to eliminate your need to wear the appliance. Dr. Koch will also use diagnostic wax ups, MRIs, or CT scans to evaluate the appropriate treatment for your TMJ disorder, if needed.

Patients from as far away as Beaumont trust Advanced Dental Care to diagnose and treat their TMJ Disorders. They offer economical, safe, and tender treatment for TMJ disorders. Make sure you schedule your dental check ups as recommended. Your timely visit allows Advanced Dental Care to detect and treat TMJ in its early stages, preventing long-term damage.