What is TMJ (TMD) Disorder ?

What is TMJ (TMD) Disorder ?

Posted on March 12, 2013

What is TMJ (TMD) Disorder ?

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Do you have Clicking, popping, or pain in the jaw joint? Grinding or clenching the teeth. Do you feel pain when you open your mouth? You might be suffering from TMJ.
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Some
estimates suggest that over 10 million Americans are affected. The condition appears to be more common in women than men

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:

* Dizziness
* Muscle spasm
* Tinnitus
* Headaches
* Stress
* Toothache
* Teeth grinding
* Infection of the ears and sinuses
* Neck and shoulder pain
* Eye pain

How are the patients evaluated?

Dental and medical evaluation Diagnostic dental x-rays and medical x-rays of the joints, this defines the
bony detail of the joint, and lateral skull x-rays with analysis to determine the skeletal component of the joint.
Clinical exam, including examination of muscles of mastication and other related muscle to the joints. Also observing
Patient’s difficulty of the opening the mouth and chewing.

Treatment of TMJ Disorder

Physical Therapy:
This helps to reduce the inflammation and some relief however it would not be a permanent solution to the problem.

Medications:
Medication such as anti-inflammatory will reduce the swelling of the component of the joint

Surgery:
This is the last resort and the statistics do not show much success.

Stress Management:
This will help to reduce some of the pain, however permanent solution is necessary, or over the time damage to TMJ
will continue and cause the return of the symptoms.

Neuromuscular Therapy:
This therapy has been shown to have limited results. It is necessary to define the causative factors. After removing these factors, this type of therapies might be helpful.

Night Guard:
Use of Night Guard will exacerbate the symptoms and does not offer any solution to the cause.

Successful Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder:
First line of defense is to seek help with a dentist whom has extensive training, continuous studies and experience on this area. Treatment is customized for the individual patient with definitive diagnosis. Every patient has a different degree of the derangement of the TMJ Disorder.Most important is to diagnose and come up with a treatment plan to that diagnosis.

Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Dentistry; she is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign and the director of A Redding Invisalign Center. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, from Indiana University Dental School, in 1982, after which she immediately opened her private practice.
In July 1990 she received fellowship award from academy of General Dentistry. This award requires 600 hours of continuing education and passing required examination. In July 2000 Dr. Carter received Mastership award from Academy of General Dentistry. This is the highest award for continuing education. This award requires 800hours of participation in dentistry specialties. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.
Dr. Carter’s expertises are:
Invisalign, orthodontics, advanced TMJ treatment, oral surgery, sleep Disorders, placement of implants, restorations of cosmetic dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, fixed and removable prosthodontic, periodontics (soft tissue management), tooth and implant supported over dentures, endodontics, molars and anterior.

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