What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?


What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

Are you experiencing frequent headaches? having trouble sleeping? well you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)!!!

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

These are very common symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder that many may experience on a daily basis and are mistakenly diagnosed for something else.

The main cause for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is upper airway obstruction! 97% of us have our teeth in the wrong place; poorly aligned bit or missing teeth will cause us to over work and strain our Jaw muscle resulting in Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Many factors play into this disorder; it starts from our infant years when unfortunately is the beginning of our poor diets (Western Diets). More and more we are seeing mothers steering away from breast feeding; believe or not this plays a very important rule in the formation/development of our jaw and mouth.

These symptoms are mostly seen (75%) in woman over 46 years of age and above, when women in general hit their mid 40’s  these symptoms become unbearable because when they get older our tolerance for pain decreases !

Check out the video below to better understand Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ):

The most common symptom linked to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) is dull, aching pain in the jaw joint. You can feel pain in the jaw and in the surrounding area including face, teeth, and ears. The pain can also transfer to your neck and shoulders and worsens from chewing or moving the jaw.

There are other symptoms which include:

1. Trouble chewing or eating (especially harder foods)
2. Tenderness in jaw
3. Grating sensation while chewing
4. An uncomfortable or uneven bite
5. Inability to close or open the mouth completely, also called lockjaw
6. Change in fit between upper and lower teeth

About Dr. Nassery:
Dr. Nassery is a restorative dental specialist focusing on implant therapy, TMJ therapy and orthodontics. He’s been practicing for over 20 years in Miami Beach. You can find his website here

 
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