Temporomandibular Disorder, better known as TMJ or TMD, is a common disease that affects around 83 million people over the age of 12. It is defined by a misalignment in the Temporomandibular Joint, located in your jaw. The most common symptoms include a popping or clicking sound when the jaw is opened or closed, as well as an inability to fully open the jaw properly.
Other symptoms include:
-Headaches or Migraines
-Pain behind the eyes
-Ear pain, aches, or an itchy, stuffy, clogged feeling
-Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
-Pain in the cheek muscles
-Uncontrollable movement or twitches in the jaw or tongue
-General pain in the body, primarily in the neck or shoulders
-A feeling of something being constantly stuck in your throat
-Numbness in the hands, fingers, or arms
-Pain in the scalp or hair when touched
-Vertigo or dizziness
Is TMJ Treatable?
Yes, TMJ is treatable, and it’s possible to one day live without the pain or other annoying symptoms of the disease. It can be a long road to recovery, depending on the severity of your TMJ and any other complications in the mouth that need to be corrected for a permanent solution. You can generally expect a full recovery to take anywhere between three and twenty-four months after treatment has begun, with most treatments averaging three to nine months.
How Is TMJ Treated?
The first step is to use specifically designed equipment to figure out what the alignment of your jaw should be for maximum comfort and health. A Salinas Dentist, Delwin Hemingway uses information from this specialized equipment to create a fixed biting surface that will help move your jaw slowly back into its proper alignment. This device is typically worn for around three months.
After the fixed biting surface has been worn for around three months, Dr. Hemingway will discuss any further steps that are needed for your specific case. For severe cases, surgery might be necessary, although this is always a last resort. If there is any damage to your teeth, repairs will be undertaken so you can have a healthy, beautiful, pain-free smile.
Why Dr. Hemingway?
Dr. Hemingway’s solution for people who suffer from TMJ is an advanced method that addresses the source of pain – not just the symptoms. His precise approach utilizes state-of-the-art technology, analysis, and progressive treatment to create a proven, permanent solution.