What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the joint that connects your jawbone (mandible) to your skull. This joint allows you to perform essential movements like chewing, speaking, and yawning. TMJ disorders refer to a range of conditions that can affect this joint and the surrounding muscles and can lead to various symptoms, including jaw pain, discomfort, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, and even pain that radiates to the neck and shoulders.
The team at Rejuvenation Health holds the key to alleviating these vague yet impactful symptoms that might be affecting your well-being, eating habits, and sleep quality. Dr. Gerry Curatola, a pioneer in biological dentistry and the founder of our practice, along with our renowned team, is dedicated to providing comprehensive relief from persistent pain through holistic methods.
TMJ can cause more than just jaw pain
TMJ disorders not only influence the jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles but can also lead to a spectrum of symptoms that often go unnoticed for extended periods. Ranging from chronic jaw discomfort to a complex array of ill-defined issues, these disorders can persist for months or even years without a proper diagnosis.
Look out for these TMJ symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Popping or clicking in the jaw when chewing or talking
- Limited ability to open or close the jaw
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Headaches and toothaches
- Earaches and ringing in the ears
- Sleep problems
The Rejuvenation Health Solution to TMJ
Recognizing that TMJ disorder symptoms extend beyond the confines of teeth and jaw, our holistic and biological approach proactively work to enhance your overall health and well-being. The good news is that jaw pain may be easier to correct than you think. After a thorough evaluation, we can quickly address the real source of your disorder, these often include bruxism and a misaligned bite.
The simple act of grinding or clenching your teeth, (bruxism) whether you’re awake or asleep, can encourage the onset of the disorder. We can ease your jaw pain with a night guard, similar to a protective mouth guard worn during sports.
When your bite is off, it affects the way your teeth rest together, stopping your jaw from closing comfortably. This can be the result of worn enamel or a newly placed restoration. We can perform an occlusal adjustment by reshaping teeth that prevent proper contact.
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