Drums should Click and Pop, Not your Jaws

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: More dental news

The temporomandibular joint is the joint of the jaw and is =
frequently
referred to as TMJ. If someone says that he/she has got TMJ then what is =
the
big deal in it, everyone has a pair of it, on either side. But if =
someone is
referring to TMJ disorder or syndrome, then it is the matter that should =
be
taken into account.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an =
umbrella
term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular =
joint,
which joins lower jaw to the skull. The disorder can result in =
significant pain
and impairment. IT is a chronic, degenerative disease that may take =
years to
develop. People who suffer from TMJ have a structural imbalance in their
jaw-to-skull relationship caused by a poor bite. Such thing exerts extra
pressure on neighbouring cells and tissues and joint resulting in number =
of
symptoms and pains.
TMJ disorder is usually followed by a number of side events which leads =
to many
other disorders
A pattern of breaking or cracking teeth with no other cause
Vague tooth soreness or toothaches which often move around the mouth =

Cenvical neck tension and pain
Awareness of grinding/clenching teeth while sleeping or awake
• Painful or tender jaw joint
• Tooth wear
• Jaw pain or/and stiffness
• Numbness of finger tips or arms
• Pain in Ears
• Pain and fatigue while eating hard or chewy foods
• Difficulty in opening jaw
• swelling of the face and mouth.
• experience trouble while swallowing.
• pain during jaw movements like talking or yawning
TMJ mainly work for the proper coordinated movement of Jaws. The jaw is =
highly
flexible so as to control the movement during eating, chewing, biting, =
or
speaking. The movement of the teeth affects how they contact one another =
when
the mouth closes, and the overall relationship between the teeth, =
muscles, and
joints can be altered. Patients of TMJ, often tend to consider the cause =
of
further pain or headaches, to be TMJ related. While it is a possible =
cause,
other causes of headaches should also be considered. Eg.
Cervical Spondylosis
Migraine
Diagnosis and Treatment:
With the advancement in technology, MRI and CAT scanners are developed =
which
give 3D visualization to the extent of damage. The degree to which each =
cause
is involved is determined through history and exam. Oral surgery is been
thought of taking as last option. The problem is tried to solve through
precautionary measures like excersizing and habit control. But as a last
resort, TMJ oral surgery is done. For this Clench test is done which =
later on
is followed by creation of mould impression of bite.
To correct TMJ, Dentist will most likely use dental restorations to =
precisely
raise or lower areas of your bite into a more natural position. In most =
cases,
he can reposition your jaw without surgery or braces.
Neuromuscular Dentistry takes care of the entire musculature of the face =
with
special attention given to the alignment of the bite. Maxillofacial =
surgery is
mostly recommended in this case. Other therapies can be ultrasound and
Radiowave therapy.
Prevention and precautions:
Avoiding hard foods, chewing gums and yawing uncontrolablely should be =
avoided.

Stress, fatigue, and unhealthy dietary habits should be avoided as these =
are
the key factors in causing TMJ.

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