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Having problems chewing or moving your jaw? It may due to pain in TMJ area. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are often incorrectly referred to as “TMJ”. TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are used to describe a variety of problems involved with the muscles and joints around your lower jaw.
There are two basic types of TMD: myogenous TMD (muscle-generated pain) and arthrogenous TMD (jaw joint-generated pain).
While it takes a thorough dental examination of your physical jaw – and a comparison to your other symptoms and dental history – to know for sure if you have a TMD disorder, it’s helpful to know the symptoms and causes of them.
TMJ Pain Symptoms
So how do you know if you might have a TMJ disorder? For starters, it’s usually experienced by people 20 to 40 years old. It also usually involves a lot of pain or discomfort and can last for years. Here are some other common symptoms of TMJ:
There are a variety of other symptoms, from headaches to neck aches and ringing in the ears, so it’s important to keep track of symptoms to tell your dentist during your consultation or examination.
TMJ Pain Causes
Since your temporomandibular joint has a hinged and sliding motion, problems can arise when bones, cartilage and other parts interact with it. Basically, if it can’t move smoothly, something’s wrong and you get pain or the symptoms mentioned above.
Here are some specific causes of TMJ disorders:
The cause of TMJ is often not clear, so it’s important to get a complete dental examination. If you have any of these symptoms or think you might have some causes in your history, schedule an appointment with Lebowitz Dental today at 602.264.2905.
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When’s the last time you paid a visit to your dentist? Don’t remember? That may be because of your missing teeth.
According to a study in the 2012 edition of European Journal of Oral Sciences, losing teeth can actually impair your memory. The study showed that people with one or more missing teeth didn’t perform as well in memory tests as those with a full set of pearly whites.
So why do missing teeth affect your memory, exactly? Here are the top three possible reasons, according to the study:
• Nervous system inefficiency – Your teeth are connected to the bone in your jaw through connective fibers (aka “roots”). When you lose a tooth, those fibers retract if you don’t replace it. Each of these fibers adds sensory input to your brain through your nervous system, so each time you lose a tooth and its fibers, it damages your memory.
• Lack of proper nutrition – People with missing teeth tend to avoid certain foods – like nuts, fruits and meats – because it’s painful to chew them. Nuts and seeds in particular are known for their “brain-boosting power.” Avoiding these foods can deprive your brain of the vitamins and nutrients it needs.
• Reduced chewing ability – Believe it or not, chewing is actually a “workout” for your brain. Chewing increases blood flow to the brain and keeps it active. Just like exercising keeps you healthy, chewing keeps your brain healthy. People with missing teeth tend to chew less, which makes your brain inactive.
The study also showed that replacing teeth can help with all of these issues. While not quite as effective as natural teeth, false teeth like dental implants do improve memory. This is because dental implants fuse to your bone over time, keeping those precious connective fibers intact. Full sets of teeth also obviously improve chewing ability, letting you eat the foods you need for proper nutrition.
By replacing missing teeth and maintaining proper mouth hygiene, you can avoid memory loss. Just don’t forget to schedule your next trip to the dentist!
Call Lebowitz Dental today at 602-264-2905.
There’s no sense running all over town for different dental services when you can find them all at Lebowitz Dental Associates (LDA). We offer the most comprehensive array of dental services in the area and use the most advanced technology to meet your family’s smile needs. These services include teeth whitening, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) therapy and dental implants. We can help you with snoring, TMD and sleep apnea as well as many other challenging dental problems.
We also offer the latest orthodontic technology for a straight, beautiful smile – and to help promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for yourself, your child or your teenager.
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When you need exceptional and comprehensive smile care, trust Lebowitz Dental Associates. Call us at 602.264.2905 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your cosmetic consultation with us.