April Is TMJ Awareness Week 1. Get The Basics.
You may have heard the term TMJ before. Perhaps a friend tells you about pain they’ve been experiencing in their jaw, or you know a loved one has a guard they wear at night to keep from grinding. Maybe you have been diagnosed with TMJ, or are concerned you may have it. Regardless of your situation, TMJ Awareness Month is here to help equip you with essential knowledge about this common, yet very treatable jaw problem.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ refers to an imbalance in the temporomandibular, or jaw, joint. Because the jaw plays such an integral role in facial functionality, TMJ could stem from a problem in any of three primary systems: the jaw joint and attendant structures, the dentition and bite relationship, and the facial and neck musculature. Issues in these systems include:
- Dental malalignment
- Stress posturing- includes resting chin on hand or consistently holding a phone between cheek and shoulder, sleeping on your stomach
- Bruxism: the clenching and grinding of teeth
What Should I Look For?
Because TMJ has so many potential causes, there are a wide variety of symptoms you may experience, from stiff shoulders to difficulty chewing. In the next few weeks, we will focus on the top three symptoms:
- Clicking or popping jaw
- Headache and facial pain
- Chipping or worn teeth
- Limited opening/compromised function
Get Help. Start With A Free Consultation.
A crucial first step is to contact your dentist with any concerns. Jester and Saldivar offers:
- A free consultation: This would include a brief history, a screening exam, and evaluation of your individual problem.
- Drs. Jester and Saldivar have been treating TMJ and bite problems for over 30 years. They are uniquely trained in orthodontics, occlusion (bite) and functional jaw dysfunction. As a result of this training and experience, they can develop for each problem a variety of treatment approaches to best serve you. Our treatment is directed toward a comfortable jaw position and healthy, attractive, and balanced face. A solution is not dependant on the constant wear of a plastic appliance. Appliance therapy may be useful as a treatment phase, but not as a “final” result. Dr. Jester has been published on his unique treatment approach on Orthodontic and TMJ cases.
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