TMJ Learning Center
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Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), also known as TMD, causes many symptoms that can range from a dull throb to severe pain to discomfort. For some patients, their TMJ has advanced so far that they cannot open their mouths wide enough to chew or bite. TMJ can be easily and painlessly determined using a state-of-the-art electrical muscle stimulator or Tensing unit and a sophisticated piece of equipment called the Myotronics K7. We have put together the information in this Learning Center to help you decide on your next steps to relief from these symptoms. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome) or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) involve the temporomandibular (TM) joints. The TM joints are located on each side of your head and enable you to speak, chew and yawn. They work with the muscles, ligaments, discs and bones in your face to help you carry out everyday functions.
- Headaches or migraines.
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints.
- Neck, shoulder, facial or back pain.
- Numbness in your fingers and arms.
- Congestion or stuffiness of the ears.
- Worn, chipped or cracked teeth and restorations.
- Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints.
Dr. Hart will will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best form of relief for your TMJ symptoms. There are many ways to correct an out of balance bite. He may create a removable orthotic to gently reposition your teeth. Dr. Hart can also precisely alter the shape of your teeth using a procedure called coronoplasty. Additionally, Dr. Hart and his trained staff may create dental restorations to raise or lower areas of your jaw into a more natural position. In most cases, your bite can be repositioned without surgery or braces.
Following treatment with Dr. Hart to correct TMJ, most patients experience a significant lessening to a complete cessation of symptoms. Imagine living headache free after enduring the pain for years! And as an added bonus, most patients also report positive aesthetic results – some are even asked if they’ve had a facelift.
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