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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder)

Headaches, Neck Aches, Grinding and Popping

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


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TMJ Disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) stems from problems associated with the jaw muscles or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The problems range from a slight bother to a change in life style. You might experience a slight pain that soon subsides when biting down on hard food, or you might experience severe pain while talking or when chewing on any food substance.

What is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joins your lower jaw (your mandible) to the temporal bone of your skull located in front of your ear on each side of your head. Because of the flexibility of your joint, your jaw moves easily – vertically and horizontally – to allow you to talk, chew, and yawn. The muscles, attached to and surrounding your TMJ, manage the movement and position of your jaw.

What Can Cause TMJ Disorder?

Dr. Titensor has learned that the causes of TMJ disorder can vary from patient to patient, and when not treated properly can lead to long-term problems. You want to look for problems with your muscles of your jaw or with the joint. Sometimes, trauma to the TMJ, jaw, or head and neck muscles triggers TMJ disorders.

What are Signs of TMJ?

The following signs may suggest TMJ:

  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • TMJ that grinds, pops, or clicks
  • Teeth that become worn down, loose, or broken
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw that locks then mouth is opened or closed
  • Tighten facial and jaw muscles or clenched teeth

A bite evaluation determines if relief is possible from any of these symptoms of TMJ.

What relief is Available for TMJ Disorders?

Depending on your dental needs, Dr. Titensor can place a tiny appliance onto your upper front teeth that clips into place. The seemingly miracle appliance relaxes your muscles, reduces the frequency of your headache pain, and reduces the intensity of your headache pain. Along with the bite evaluation, Dr. Titensor uses this appliance to help diagnose the cause of your problem. However, even though the appliance offers some pain relief, Dr. Titensor's emphasis is to find the cause of your TMJ disorder and to eliminate your need to wear the device. In addition to the small appliance, Dr. Titensor also uses diagnostic wax ups, MRIs, or CT scans to help evaluate a cure for your TMJ disorder, if warranted.

Titensor Dental offers inexpensive, safe, and gentle treatment for TMJ disorders, and when treated in the early stages, prevents long-term damage.

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