TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is the development of chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint and the jaw and muscles surrounding it. This joint serves the essential function of connecting the jaw to the skull and allowing it to move freely. Exerting too much pressure on this joint can result in pain and even impede on the functionality of the mouth.

What Is TMJ?

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.

What Are The Symptoms Associated With TMJ Disorder?

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:

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

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:

Some of these problems are preventable with help from the dentist or orthodontist, so talk to your dentist if you suspect you or your child is at risk of TMJ. These behaviors and conditions can aggravate the disorder, leading to irreversible damage.

Treatment For TMJ Disorder

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 treatment 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.

After receiving treatment for TMJ Disorder, it’s important to maintain good habits to avoid relapse. Stress can lead to a tense jaw or teeth grinding, so take time to relax and decompress if you are feeling anxious. Chewing gum and crunchy or hard foods can also place unnecessary force on the joint and jaws. If your jaw feels sore or tender, limit extreme facial movements that could move your bite out of the correct position. Be especially careful when yawning, speaking, or singing.

It’s not uncommon for TMJ Disorder to only affect one side of the mouth. To avoid this, try to chew evenly on both sides of the mouth. Practicing good posture with your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared, can help balance your facial structure and relieve pain as well.

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.

Come See Dr. Erwin Today For TMJ Treatment

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!