Dr. Laurie Bloch - Exceptional Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV

 
 

Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist specializing inSmile Makeovers

 

TMJ Questions

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is responsible for the full range of motion of your lower jaw. The Temporomandibular joint lets you move your lower jaw forewords, backwards, up, down, and side-to-side. A misaligned lower jaw may cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD is characterized by pain in the face, neck, jaw, shoulders, and back. TMD disrupts the normal function of your jaw and will make it difficult and painful to speak or eat.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

There are several symptoms of TMJ disorder. The level of pain involved depends on the severity of the misalignment of your jaw. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
  • Excessive wearing of the teeth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Inability to use the full range of motion of the jaw
  • Severe migraine-like headaches
  • Face, back, neck, and shoulder aches and pains
  • Loose teeth and possibly lost teeth
  • Ringing in the ears
What are the treatment options for TMJ disorder?

Treating the symptoms of TMJ disorder provide temporary relief. Treating the cause of the disorder is important to permanently relieving the pain and suffering of the disorder. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on treating TMD starting with the cause.

Neuromuscular dentistry requires a highly trained specialist to assess the harmony of your facial muscles. Your facial muscles, bones, teeth, and jaw structure all affect how your jaw functions. If one muscle is doing more work then another due to the misalignment of your jaw, you will feel pain and tension. Your muscles will over compensate and work harder to try to properly align a misaligned jaw. This creates fatigue in the muscles. Once the jaw is properly aligned and in harmony with the muscles, bones, and teeth, the tension is released and many patients look and feel ten years younger. The tension created by TMD causes premature wrinkles in the face. These wrinkles can be reversed once the TMD causes are addressed.

What should I do about my TMJ?

It is important to contact a neuromuscular dentist for an evaluation of your symptoms. You can discuss your symptoms and treatment options with Las Vegas Neuromuscular Dentist Dr. Laurie in a personal consultation. You can contact them by sending a confidential email or by calling (702) 463-8600. Treating your TMJ is important for your oral health as well as your overall health. You deserve to be pain free.

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