Are you suffering from headaches, facial pain or jaw pain? Are your teeth sensitive, worn, rough along the edges, or has there been a change in your bite or the fit of your dentures? Do your ears feel full, ring or do you hear a popping or clicking sound when chewing or speaking? Do you frequently wake with a headache or experience recurring headaches? Answering yes to any of these questions may be an indication that you have a TMJ disorder.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD, often starts with an Occlusal Imbalance. The pain may come on slowly or start suddenly after an accident or trauma. Atlanta dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen has received extensive training in the assessment, detection, and correction of occlusal issues, sometimes called “occlusal disease”.
The term “occlusion” is used in dentistry to refer to the bite relationship. More specifically, this means the alignment of the jaw as the teeth come together along with the relationship of the upper and lower teeth. The lower jaw is a “u-shaped” bone, which has two joints at each end. When the bite relationship is aligned and functioning properly, the lower jaw is able to freely hinge at the joints and close together with the lower teeth contacting the upper teeth very evenly all the way around the arch, without the facial muscles overworking or compensating. This creates a “stable bite” in harmony with the joints and muscles.
When there is a misalignment in the bite relationship to the fully seated joints, then problems can develop.
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- Signs and symptoms of TMJ
- Frequent Headaches
- Clenching and Grinding
- Disturbed Sleep
- Broken Restorations
- Excessively Worn Teeth
- Sore Jaw and Facial Muscles
- Head and/or Neck Pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or chewing
- Limited movement of the jaw, episodes of "getting stuck"
- Shifting teeth, bite changes