At Dental Pearls, we have invested in the most up-to-date technology to diagnose, treat and monitor TMD
We create a tailored treatment plan to meet your particular needs. Successful treatment for TMD can involve a wide range of treatments. Other health practitioners may need to be involved as the TMJ and dental structures are interrelated to the whole body’s alignment and function.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TMJ DISORDER (TMD)
- Clicking, popping, grating sounds in the ear or joint
- Limited opening of the mouth
- Locked jaw
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joint
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
- Facial pain especially in the temples around the eyes
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Worn chipping or cracked teeth
- Cracking, chipping or breaking dental restorations
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear congestion or stuffiness
- Numbness, tingling in the fingers or arms
TMJ refers to a group of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints in the jaw located in front of the ears. These joints allow for proper function of the jaw when talking, chewing, and yawning. In cases of TMJ, patients often feel severe pain and discomfort on one or both sides of the face. Other muscles and ligaments in the jaw, face and neck can also be affected by the condition.
There are a number of factors which can contribute to the condition. These include teeth grinding, clenching of the jaw, and misalignment of the teeth. Acute trauma, in the case of an accident for example, can also cause damage to the joints in the jaw. Opening the mouth too wide can also contribute to the development of the disorder.
Some common symptoms of the disorder include a clicking sound in the ear or joint; difficulty opening the mouth; a locked jaw; pain and discomfort around the jaw joint; headaches; pain in the neck, shoulders, and back; facial pain in the temples and around the eyes; clenching or grinding of the teeth; sensitive and sore teeth; and unexplained loose teeth.
Yes, jaw clenching is bad for your teeth and can cause jaw alignment problems. When we clench our teeth, we put pressure on our teeth and gums, which can slowly weaken the structures of the teeth, and lead to issues like TMJ disorder. If this is a habit you have, work on overcoming it so that you don’t trigger bigger issues.