Grinding your teeth, suffering from frequent headaches, dizziness, stiff neck, ear ache, back pain or popping jaw joints? You may be one of the many undiagnosed TMJ Dysfunction sufferers.
The TMJ Joint (Temporomandibular Joint) refers to the two joints located in front of the ears. These joints are important in several ways. The TMJ Joint is responsible for opening and closing the mouth, chewing, swallowing, breathing, talking, yawning and kissing.
What is TMJ?
TMJ Dysfunction is the name given to conditions affecting this joint. TMJ Dysfunction can be extremely painful and cause chronic facial pain for sufferers. The key contributor to TMJ Dysfunction is stress. Stress causes the patient to clench down on the jaw, which compresses the jaw points and eventually results in bad bite. A popping sound on opening and closing your mouth is a very common occurrence in TMJ Dysfunction. In such cases the patient’s jaw disc is generally dislocated.
Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction varies depending on the severity of each individual case. The most prominent treatment for TMJ Dysfunction is an Orthotic. Worn while you sleep, the Orthotic prevents patients from grinding their teeth and putting pressure on the TMJ Joints. Once symptoms are relieved and the bite has been stabilized; Dr. Fathi will then determine if further treatment is necessary to address the long-term management of TMJ Dysfunction. This could include either Orthodontic treatment or a full mouth reconstruction.