What is TMJ?
Are you enduring pain and discomfort in the jaw area, neck or head? Estimates have suggested that over 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders (TMD).* This chronic condition causes inflammation in the jaw joint, making it difficult to speak and eat, and often causes pain.
If you experience any similar concerns on a daily basis, it may be time to speak with a professional about TMD treatment. You do not have to live with the pain, or miss out on your favorite things. With proper treatment, you can get rid of the pain and enhance your quality of life.
TMJ disorders occur when the joint that connects your jaw to your skull is damaged. This can happen when the teeth or jaw are injured, but can also be an effect of misalignment, bruxism, arthritis, stress or poor posture. Many patients who suffer from TMD have not been diagnosed, but living with the chronic symptoms has still greatly impacted their lives.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Frequent Headaches
- Pain in the Ear and Jaw Areas
- Headaches in the Mornings
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Waking Up with a Sore Throat or Dry Mouth
- Sore or Chipped Teeth
The Effects of TMD on Dental Enhancements
Dr. Richard D. Weigand has studied the effects smile imperfections such as a misaligned bite and bruxism can have on the teeth and cosmetic enhancements. By understanding how these can change a patient’s bite pattern, he can properly diagnose a concern prior to treatment to increase the rate of success.
For example, bruxism is the grinding of the teeth, and is harmful to teeth and enhancements such as veneers. A misaligned bite adds undue stress to the teeth, which can cause chips and fractures in crowns. This is especially important to note for the placement of dental implants.
There are several home therapies that have been shown to help reduce the pain associated with TMD. Eliminating chewing gum, using hot compresses and gently massaging the area are common home treatments. For more intensive cases, Dr. Weigand may recommend the use of oral devices or surgery.