The joints and jaw muscles that are responsible for the moving your jaw up and down and side to side are known as temporomandibular joints. By working together they help you to talk, chew, and yawn. When the jaw and muscles have a problem in the way they function, it is known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD), sometimes incorrectly referred to as TMJ.
The teeth, jaw joints, and jaw bone are all connected to numerous other systems within our body, so when they are out of balance it takes a toll on our bodies in more ways than one. Determining a suitable TMD treatment plan requires a proper diagnosis from a trained neuromuscular dentist who can find the source of the problem.
Symptoms of TMD
It is estimated that there are currently over 10 million Americans who suffer from TMD and it's symptoms. Many of these cases go untreated because people either don't think that their problems are related to a dental issue or they think symptoms will go away on their own, which is not always the case. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms and have yet to find a cause, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced neuromuscular dentist:
- Jaw pain
- Chronic headaches
- Bruxism (teeth-grinding)
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Pain or tenderness in the face, neck, shoulder, and/or back
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Popping sound or clicking noise when opening and closing your jaw
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers
- Swelling on the side of your face
As a graduate and preferred dentist of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned center for the study and practice of neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Norman Huefner has the required expertise and extensive training in neuromuscular issues and prevention that is needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
The primary goal of TMD treatment is to alleviate any tension or pain occurring in the joint by correcting the primary issue. For many patients, aggressive treatment is not needed.
If you believe you may have TMD and would like to learn more about the condition and possible treatment options, contact Sensation Smiles at (949) 491-9071 to schedule your personal consultation with Orange County dentist Dr. Norman Huefner.