What is tmj?
Village Park Dental is on the cutting edge of dentistry today by offering new and advanced treatments for TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders are problems associated with the temporomandibular joint which is the technical name for your jaw joint (one on each side of your face). These joints use an intricate arrangement of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones that allow you to open and close your jaw as well as execute complex movements such as chewing and shifting your jaw side to side.
When problems arise in the TM joint a patient suffers chronic facial pain, earaches, and headaches. These symptoms are thought to be caused by, among other things, grinding or clenching the teeth, misalignment of the teeth during biting action, dislocation of the soft tissue between the joint ball and socket, and injury to jaw or neck. You might also notice a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ of the joint when the jaw is opened and closed. In many cases, patients feel no pain associated with the dislocation of the joint.
Often, symptoms such as popping and clicking might be brushed aside as ‘normal’ or considered as something, ‘I have had my entire life’, but the decompression that is occurring is neither normal nor healthy. Make sure you mention any of these symptoms to your dentists at Village Park when you come in for a visit. Pain or non-pain symptoms associated with TMJ disorder can be chronic and last for years if not addressed.
It has been shown that there is a relationship between the disorders of the jaw joint and the condition of the teeth and mouth. Proper fitting together of the teeth during biting, clenching or grinding teeth, and lost or missing teeth may all contribute to TMJ disorders. Today, orthodontic planning must include consideration for teeth and jaw placement in relation to the jaw bones and facial profile. TMJ disorders and changes in the facial profile may arise if the jaw joint is not taken into consideration when straightening teeth.
If you suffer facial pains, headaches, clicking or popping in your jaw joint, or any other facial discomfort you should call Village Park Dental to schedule an appointment for a TMJ evaluation. Our dentists have been trained and are continuing to receive training at the Las Vegas Institute, the nation’s number one center for the study of TMJ disorders.
Analysis of TMJ problems in patients uses a holistic approach to dentistry which involves taking into consideration, not only a patient’s teeth, but also the facial structure, bone, and TM joints. Give Village Park Dental a call to schedule your appointment to discuss the latest advancements in TMJ treatments, (281) 376-4444.