TMJ or TMD is a dental disorder that can cause discomfort and pain resulting from the misalignment of the jaw muscle. The jaw joint, known as the temporomandibular joint, is the working hinge function of your jaw, when that hinge is disrupted it can cause a range of problems for the patient, some that may even seem unrelated. Our staff at North Hills Dental can review your symptoms and then help you determine if your jaw alignment needs adjustment. There are steps that we can help you take to correct the alignment and relieve the stress on that joint.
Do I have TMJ?
TMJ dysfunction can demonstrate through some symptoms, some that patients may choose to ignore, and some that can’t be ignored. Symptoms may include:
How did I get TMJ?
A misalignment of the temporomandibular joint can occur from trauma, from the loss of teeth, or changes in your bite.
Changes in the Jaw Joint from Trauma
Trauma can include a vehicle accident, a fall, or a physical attack. The results may not be immediately noticeable, but if the jaw joint was moved or damaged, the patient could begin to feel the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction.
Changes in the Jaw Joint from the Loss of Teeth
When one, two, or multiple teeth have been lost, space has opened up for neighboring teeth to shift. This is different from when an orthodontist requests the removal of teeth; an orthodontist has a plan for controlled movement, a patient just missing teeth leaves your mouth vulnerable to uncontrolled movement of teeth. As teeth shift, your bite changes, these changes can dramatically affect your bite and alignment.
Changes in the Jaw Joint from Malocclusion
A bad bite is known as a malocclusion; this is when teeth do not meet up properly. Whether the bite has changed from trauma, shifting teeth, or just a natural bad bite, it can lead to jaw problems for the patient.
There are steps we can take to help. Our team at North Hills Dental can help.