The Temporomandibular Joints exist where the lower jaw attaches to the skull. These seemingly small muscles are actually a complex system of bone, ligaments, tissue and muscle. When they are functioning properly, they allow us to chew, breath and talk normally. However, when they are not functioning properly, joint pain, headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, muscle spasms and other problems can result.
There are many different symptoms associated with TMJ. However, since no two patients are alike, you may experience one or a combination of symptoms. Below is a list of the more commonly experienced symptoms of TMJ:
The symptoms of TMJ usually arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Some of the more common causes are: injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck (like from a heavy blow or whiplash), grinding or clenching your teeth, movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint, arthritis in the joint or stress (which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth).
Many TMJ sufferers go for many years without relief from their symptoms. But Dr. Erwin can help you with his extensive training and experience. With a wide range of therapeutic modalities for your TMJ problems, you don’t need to suffer anymore!
Regardless of the cause of your TMJ symptoms, Dr. Erwin understands the impact TMJ can have on your life. For this reason, he is committed to finding and creating the course of treatment that will work best for you. Dr. Erwin’s treatment approach for TMJ also involves careful planning and precise diagnostic procedures to make sure that your treatment is as effective as possible.
Your treatment usually begins with a comprehensive examination where Dr. Erwin measures your jaw with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. With the results, he constructs your special treament plan to temporarily adjust your bite to a healthier, physiologic position.
There are a number of techniques commonly used to correct your bite and alleviate your TMJ symptoms. These treatments include:
1) Bite adjustment. This is done by reshaping teeth to reduce the interference that caused the painful jaw displacement.
2) Orthotic appliance. This is a special device inserted into the patient’s mouth to provide comfort and harmony between the jaw, the head, neck and/or neuromuscular system.
3) Porcelain crowns or veneers. Sometimes damaged teeth can create problems with your bite that can lead to TMJ. Porcelain crown or veneers can be used to restore a healthy bite and achieve better comfort within the jaw, head and neck areas.
4) Dentures, partials or dental implants. Multiple missing teeth can also disrupt normal and healthy jaw function. Often, replacing the tooth or teeth can restore function and comfort within the jaw, head and neck areas.
5) Neuromuscular Orthodontics. Some patients need an Orthotic appliance to achieve comfort and a balanced bite.
Using a holistic approach, Dr. Erwin doesn’t just treat the symptoms of TMJ, he believes in getting to the root of the underlying problem and carefully crafting treatment accordingly. Call today and let Dr. Erwin help you end the discomfort and pain caused by your TMJ.
Dr Erwin is able to share his exceptional expertise in general and TMJ dentistry because he believes in constantly upgrading his skills through continuing study and education. If you live in the Glendale, CA area. come take advantage of Dr. Erwin’s skills. You don’t need to suffer another day from the painful side-effects of TMJ. We are here to help. Call us for a consultation today!