TMJ Treatment in Southaven & Hernando
TMJ and TMD are used interchangeably to refer to a number of craniofacial problems and pains associated with the temporomandibular joint. If you are suffering with TMJ pain, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Adatrow so he can provide you with a TMJ treatment plan that offers you relief.Contact Us
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of the face and connect the lower jaw to the skull. They work with the facial bones and multiple pairs of muscles to allow opening and closing of the mouth, chewing, swallowing and speech. They also enable the forward, backward, rotational, and side-to-side movements of the lower jaw. They are the most unique and complex joints in the entire body!
Causes of TMD
Any disturbance to your facial balance can trigger the cycle of TMJ disorders. When trauma to the TMJ is prolonged, the body compensates by involving muscles in other areas, such as the face, neck, throat, back, and arms.
When muscles and joints are not working together correctly, muscle spasm can occur, resulting in pain and dysfunction. Due to this being a complex system, a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere.
The following are some of the contributing factors to TMJ disorder:
- Uneven bite (malocclusion)
- Trauma to the head/face
- Bruxism (grinding your teeth)/clenching
Symptoms of TMD
- Pain in or around the ear
- Headaches and neck aches
- Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
- Jaw pain or soreness in the morning or late afternoon
- Jaw pain when chewing, biting, or yawning
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
- Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found
People with TMD may experience these symptoms:
TMD is often a chronic and degenerative disease. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Adatrow, before your symptoms become more severe.MAKE APPOINTMENT