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Correct Tmj Issue
Be careful: Prior to any permanent alteration of your teeth, occlusal splint (full coverage) and physical therapy should be done to manage the symptoms. Unless there is a significant single prematurity (one tooth hitting early) I would be careful. Overclosure of the jaw is often associated with tmd. Occlusal adjustment reduces the bite. Be careful and get an opinion from a board certified orthodontist. ...Read more
Trained Dentist: in treating orthopedic, orthodontic, and TMJ. The best treatment result that is more stable is when the jaws are aligned and coordinated with the proper bite. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on cause of your joint dysfunction. If malocclusion is causative/contributory you will not be able to resolve problem without resolving the cause. ...Read more
The most common causes of TMJ dysfunction and pain are bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching), and malocclusion (a bad bite).
Tmj issues can be corrected by any dentist who is experienced in treating TMJ dysfunction.
Check with your family dentist. He/she can either treat or refer. ...Read more
No: If your bite has changed due to therapy or TMJ problems then absent active care it will not correct itself. You need to see an orthodontist or have the bite corrected by your dentist. ...Read more
Last option: Tmj surgery should be the last option after all conservative procedures have been attempted. True, if there has been severe trauma, then some surgery cannot wait. A thorough history and exam, including x-rays, an mri, etc. May be needed to determine if surgery should be considered. ...Read more
Yes it can: TMJ may be related to overclosure of the jaws and implants may allow the bite to be opened positioning the TMJ in a more relaxed position. This can also be used to correct in some cases bite issues depends on the issue and if the whole arch is being replaced with implant retained bridge or only part of it ...Read more
Will correcting my underbite relieve my TMJ pain? I am in my 20s and have an underbite that may be the cause of my tmj. Will treatment fix the TMJ as well? .
Yes to some degree: You have multiple things going as I read this. The underbite has many detrimental factors associated with it through out your life. I would seek an orthodontic professional that could examine you and base his treatment recommendations on qualified information. This initial exam is usually at no cost. See someone soon! ...Read more
Yes ; No: Tmj is a joint and muscle dysfunction that creates many problems. Correction and treatment may not be as simple as one would desire. If a dental implant should be placed, it should be done in coordination with the whole TMJ treatment. Suggest you get a consult with a dentist that is very familiar with the broad range of treatment modalities to get the best co-ordination. ...Read more
Is TMJ disc displacement wa serious condition, how is it diagnosed, and is there any way to correct it? My jaw has suddenly started popping.
TMJ disc derangement: Occasionally the disc displacement may interfere with joint function. This can cause a momentary "catch" during the translatory cycle and jaw clicking. See Orofacial Pain specialist for consultation. ...Read more
Tmj correct? Smile is crooked, going left. When I sleep on my right (mouth closed), no drool. When I do the same on my left, I get drool.
Are there any ga insurance that covers braces I have TMJ tried all treatments doc wants to correct my teeth fix space in my teeth before braces are on?
How does one correct their eating in order to not breathe intoo much air? Is it possible that TMJ symptoms, shortness of breath and packed stomach might be interfering with the breathing?
Gastric Pain: Please listen to your body. Slow down your eating. Chew food thoroughly and slowly. Put your fork or spoon down between bites. Talk to someone you are eating with so that you also eat less and eat slower. ...Read more
I wear a mouth guard to correct my TMJ and it's the kind I wear on my bottom jaw 24/7, even while eating. I noticed while I was rinsing it off after a bowl of cereal this morning that a small piece in the back corner cracked off. I think I may have swa
Probably Fine: If you swallowed a small piece of your dayguard, it's probably a non-issue. However, if you have any intestinal issues, dark or bloody stools then go to the ER immediately. As far as the dayguard goes, you will need another one. ...Read more
I had braces to correct underbite. The protrusion is no longer there via teeth extraction. I hear a clicking noise. Will I need surgery to fix tmj?
Second opinion: Surgery for your tmj/tmd and clicking noises should not be considered unless it gets much worse and should only be done with all other options exhausted. The noises are often very, very difficult to eliminate or even manage. I would see a tmj/tmd specialist for an opinion. ...Read more
Been diagnosed w moderate TMJ w headaches, neck pain, numbness etc - 4 stage treatment suggested 1- bottom retainer for aligning jaw, 2- Max Growth appliance, 3- braces, 4- retainer. THis sound like correct approach? Anything else I should ask?
Yes: Ask yourself based upon your entire past dental history if this makes sense to you and if you trust the dentist who is advising this course of treatment. Is he/she highly recommended and is someone who has extensive experience and training treating patients with TMD/TMJ dysfunction? If yes may be a reasonable approach. If not why net get a second opinion before making your decision. ...Read more
Hi. I have had tmj for 21 years and am starting to see my face drooping on the side affected most. I also have an extremely recessed chin. Between the pain and my fastly deteriorating looks, I would love to know what I can do to fix these issues. I am co
Facial droop: Facial droop can be the sign of a stroke. If you have weakness on one side of your body, new facial droop, or slurring speech call 911 right away. ...Read more
What is tmj?
Jaw joint: Tmj stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull at two areas or joints. It sometimes refers to conditions that involve this anatomical area that today are referred to as tmd, temporomandibular disorders. ...Read more
Joint in the head: Many refer to TMJ as a disease or illness when in actuality, it is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, an anatomical structure in the head located in front of the ear that has several components. We are usually born with two. Tmd or temporomandibular dysfunction is a description that can include a number of abnormalities and problems with the TMJ which may or may not require intervention. ...Read more
Find a good dentist:
Locate a dentist with special training in cranio-mandibular disorders. Most average dentists do not know how to diagnose and treat this problem comprehensively.
A trained professional can generally help you improve the symptoms in a short time, without surgery or disfigurement. ...Read more
Some help here..: Tmj is a group of disorders related to the jaw joint. A lot of the time the symptoms will go away on its own with a little time and some pain meds if needed. If not, see your dentist or a facial pain specialist who can diagnose and treat the problem. A local specialist may be found at www. Aaop. Org or www. Aacfp. Org. Having an accurate diagnosis is the key to proper treatment. ...Read more
Begin with diagnosis: First, you need a more specific diagnosis. Are your symptoms related to the muscles or joints themselves? Are you dizzy, having headaches, or joints painful and popping? Treatment can me as simple as antiinflammatort meds, moist heat and relaxation. Can also include fixing your bite with an orthosis, orthodontics or reconstruction. Or joint surgery as a last resort. ...Read more
Perception or..: It may be that one is more aware of pain or one may be clenching their teeth which can cause more pain... For help I would suggest seeing a dentist who has experience diagnosing and treating the tmj. ...Read more
A few things: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more
Intraocular Pressure: I assume that by iop, you mean intraocular pressure of the eye/eyes. Normally, tmj/tmd will not necessarily cause increased iop. But with tmj/tmd an imbalance can occur in the muscles and nerves of the head and facial muscles and mechanisms, which could lead to an immune system issue. Everything can be interrelated and I would not rule this out. I would see an eye md and go from there. ...Read more
Common symptoms for temporomandibular joint dysfunction may include; jaw stiffness, jaw joint noises, limited jaw opening, facial muscle soreness, ear pain, bite changes, difficulty chewing.
A thorough history and proper evaluation is needed to determine the most appropriate diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more
Not easy to diagnose: The best way to find out is to visit your dentist for a proper diagnosis. A true TMJ problem should be treated very quickly. Ear pains, headaches, migranes, bite problems can present as a TMJ problem so self diagnosis is very difficult. ...Read more
Depends: If tmd is caused by an injury it wii very likely improve even without treatment. However if the problem is structural, it may progressively get worse without treatment. Get a diagnosis an early intervention if indicated. ...Read more