Category Archives: TMJ

What Causes TMJ Pain?

TMJdentistIf you’ve heard anything about a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you likely know it involves your jaw and it involves a lot of pain. It’s actually a bit more complex than that, as there are a wide variety of common TMJ problems. And while the disorder can develop naturally over time, did you know the vast majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma?

There are two basic forms of trauma that contribute to TMJ disorders: minor trauma that happens repeatedly over time and major trauma that is usually the result of an accident or injury. If you’re aware of these types of trauma that can cause TMJ, you can seek treatment earlier or even avoid it altogether.

Minor Trauma Causes of TMJ

TMJ disorders can develop by themselves due to certain habits or natural degeneration. Here are some examples of minor trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:
• Habitually clenching or grinding your teeth
• Participating in contact sports such as football, basketball or hockey
• Developing a form of arthritis
• Tension due to stress
Many of these forms of minor trauma involve a lot of tightening and clenching of the muscles, which leads to fatigue and overworking them. All increase the possibility of TMJ disc erosion or dislocation, which leads to a TMJ disorder.

Major Trauma Causes of TMJ

Major trauma is the more unexpected cause of TMJ disorders and isn’t as preventable. But recognizing it can help you seek treatment as early as possible. Here are some examples of major trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:
• Sports injuries, such as a tackle to the head in football or an elbow to the face in basketball
• Automobile accidents, specifically ones that involve an impact to the head
• Some roller coasters or other activities with sudden changes in speed that cause whiplash
• Anything else involving a strong blow to the head
There is likely more than one factor involved in developing a TMJ disorder, so your risk may be higher if you’ve experienced multiple forms of minor or major trauma.

If you’d like suggestions on how to avoid TMJ disorder causes – or if you think you might have already developed it and would like treatment – schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today.

Avoid Surgery for TMJ Pain

If you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you may be hesitant to address it, despite chronic pain and jaw problems. Surgery is not the only option thanks to advances in TMJ dentistry. You can actually effectively treat TMJ disorders without surgery by simply visiting Lebowitz Dental.

In general, you can avoid some symptoms of TMJ disorders by doing things like taking medication, reducing stress, eating soft foods and applying hot and cold packs. But to permanently treat TMJ, you’ll likely need to do more.

Here are some of the non-invasive ways Lebowitz Dental can treat your TMJ disorder:
• Corrective dentistry – TMJ disorders may be often caused by an improper bite, so ensuring yours is normal helps immensely. Corrective dentistry that effectively treats TMJ disorders includes crowns, bridges, braces and even reshaping the teeth to remove interferences that affect the bite. There are various ways to correct your bite and ultimately help correct your TMJ disorder.
• Bite guards – Usually worn at night, these devices fit over your lower and upper teeth to prevent them from coming together. This is because many people with TMJ disorders tend to clench or grind their teeth, which causes problems. Bite guards also help align your bite. The best thing about visiting a dentist for your bite guard is that they can customize one to fit your mouth’s specific needs.
• Oral splints – Similar to bite guards, oral splints are worn all the time. They also align your upper and lower jaw while reducing muscle fatigue and improving your joint health and mouth posture. Your dentist can create a customized oral splint as well, making this a low-risk, reversible option that doesn’t require surgery.
•Physical therapy/counseling – If your dentist diagnoses you with a TMJ disorder, they may advise physical therapy or counseling in addition to an oral device or corrective dentistry. This reduces stress and teaches you exercises and habits that help reduce pain and other symptoms.

Surgery unfortunately is the only option for a select few, but it’s very rare. Most can receive treatment for TMJ disorders with the options listed above.

Schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental and enjoy eating, talking and chewing again!

Symptoms of TMJ

Do you have difficulty sleeping? Chronic headaches or facial pain? Ringing in the ears? It may be because of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Often misdiagnosed as a toothache, gum disease, arthritis, migraines or sinus problems, TMJ disorders can cause a wide variety of painful issues for years and years.

Lebowitz Dental can determine whether someone has problematic TMJ signs, but it’s helpful to keep track of symptoms to make a more accurate diagnosis. Without it, you may develop problems because of improper treatment.

General Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
The majority of those with TMJ disorders are between the ages of 20 and 40 and experience similar signs and symptoms. Here are some of the most common:
• Pain or trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking
• Limited ability to open your mouth very wide
• Constant feeling of being tired or stressed
• Poor head or neck posture
• Clicking, grating or popping sound in your jaw
• Pain behind your eyes or around your temple
• Ringing in the ears
• Trouble sleeping/insomnia
Dental Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Since TMJ disorders center on the jaw and are usually treated by dentists, they can also be identified by looking at your teeth. Here are TMJ disorder signs and symptoms you’ll find in your mouth:
• A bite that is uncomfortable or doesn’t feel aligned
• Crooked or crowded teeth
• Your front teeth are higher than your back teeth
• Signs of wear in unnatural places
• Your tongue tends to thrust in an unusual manner

Overall, a big sign that you may have a TMJ disorder is that other treatments aren’t effective. According to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, 1 in 27 Americans experience these symptoms daily, which is why they’re often misdiagnosed as other common problems.

If you think you may be affected by a TMJ disorder, start noting your symptoms and schedule an evaluation and consultation at Lebowitz Dental today.

Causes of TMJ

Causes of TMJ
If you’ve heard anything about a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you likely know it involves your jaw and it involves a lot of pain. It’s actually a bit more complex than that, as there are a wide variety of common TMJ problems. And while the disorder can develop naturally over time, did you know the vast majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma?
There are two basic forms of trauma that contribute to TMJ disorders: minor trauma that happens repeatedly over time and major trauma that is usually the result of an accident or injury. If you’re aware of these types of trauma that can cause TMJ, you can seek treatment earlier or even avoid it altogether.
Minor Trauma Causes of TMJ
TMJ disorders can develop by themselves due to certain habits or natural degeneration.

Here are some examples of minor trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:

  • Habitually clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Participating in contact sports such as football, basketball or hockey
  •  Developing a form of arthritis
  • Tension due to stress

Many of these forms of minor trauma involve a lot of tightening and clenching of the muscles, which leads to fatigue and overworking them. All increase the possibility of TMJ disc erosion or dislocation, which leads to a TMJ disorder.

Major Trauma Causes of TMJ

Major trauma is the more unexpected cause of TMJ disorders and isn’t as preventable. But recognizing it can help you seek treatment as early as possible.

Here are some examples of major trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:

  • Sports injuries, such as a tackle to the head in football or an elbow to the face in basketball
  • Automobile accidents, specifically ones that involve an impact to the head
  • Some roller coasters or other activities with sudden changes in speed that cause whiplash
  • Anything else involving a strong blow to the head

There is likely more than one factor involved in developing a TMJ disorder, so your risk may be higher if you’ve experienced multiple forms of minor or major trauma.

If you’d like suggestions on how to avoid TMJ disorder causes – or if you think you might have already developed it and would like treatment – schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today.