Morning Earaches? Your Richmond Dentist Can Help

Jul 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Preventive Dentistry, TMJ Disorder

Richmond DentistWhen it comes to dental health and your overall health, you may be surprised to find that both are intimately intertwined. This comes as no surprise to our dental office in Richmond, CA, because we see a variety of total health issues that can be remedied with dental care. This blog will discuss some of the total health symptoms caused by TMJ disorder and how your Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu can help.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ is shorthand for the temporomandibular joint. This jaw hinge joint is especially important because it controls several aspects of your life; your TMJ allows you to open your mouth, chew, and speak. Therefore, when your TMJ is exhausted, many of these functions suffer. For instance, one symptom of TMJ disorder is a popping sound accompanied by slight discomfort when opening your mouth or chewing.

Your jaw hinge joint becomes exhausted for a number of reasons. Some causes of TMJ disorder include extreme stress, causing the patient to constantly clench his or her jaw; bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding ; misaligned bite, which forces your TMJ to hold your teeth in an uncomfortable position to feel correct.

What are the overall health symptoms of TMJ disorder?

You may be surprised to find that TMJ disorder can also contribute to chronic headaches and morning earaches. This occurs because the jaw hinge joint is also connected to other parts of your body, like muscles that affect the top of your head and inner ears. TMJ disorder can also create shoulder and neck pain from pulling on the shoulder and neck muscles connected to your jaw. Additionally, the constant pressure can create dizziness.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Richmond, CA

Stay tuned next week to learn more about TMJ disorder and how your Richmond, CA dentist can help. If you would like to alleviate the pain from your TMJ disorder, call Dr. Stefan Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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