Taking care of your smile is a lifelong process, and an effective preventive dental routine is necessary for adequate oral health. Indeed, threats such as tooth decay, gum infection, and more are common concerns your smile is constantly fending off, but bear in mind they are not the only ones. As a matter of fact, there are a number of nontraditional issues you should be aware of, including the effects of chronic bruxism and TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explains how TMJ Disorder develops, and what steps you can take to thoroughly care for your smile.
Living with daily jaw pain can be difficult, but many people keep enduring problems with joint stiffness, limited movement with biting and chewing, and other problems linked to TMJ disorder. At our North Hollywood, CA dentist’s office, we can help you identify the cause of your frequent discomfort, which can lead to better jaw movement and freedom from pain. We can work with you to find the right solution to your difficulties. Mouth guards, physical therapy, and other services can help you live without the frequent discomfort that TMJ disorder can cause. We can also provide restorative services to take care of teeth that are in poor health and not contributing properly to your bite. (more…)
It goes without saying that there are countless factors out there that negatively impact the quality of our smiles. What’s more, these concerns can lead to bigger problems that not only impact appearance but function and overall quality of health as well. Even still, conditions exist that you might not even think influence your oral health, but actually have a bigger impact than you initially thought. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist would like to explore this concept by taking a look at what it means to have a sore jaw, and how you might be at risk for a dangerous dysfunction.
For a number of individuals, decay or similar concerns are often the biggest threat to one’s oral health. For a number of others, however, the biggest threat comes from incessant teeth grinding in a process known as bruxism. While problems that arise from oral bacteria are oftentimes more prevalent, bruxism can become just the beginning of an even bigger concern. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will look at the negative effects of bruxism and how it can lead to bigger concerns such as TMJ disorder.
Treating most common dental health concerns is a personal process in that the treatment itself must be tailored to every patient’s specific needs. For example, tooth decay treatment can vary depending on the size of the cavity and severity of the tooth decay. Yet, the problem is the same, and the process for addressing is similar – to remove the decay and restore your healthy tooth structure. However, treating TMJ disorder is rarely the same process for each patient. Unlike more common conditions, the bite dysfunction can result from numerous different factors, and impact your jaw joints in highly varying ways. (more…)
Jaw pain can be confusing for many people who develop it, especially if they don’t know why it’s occurring or why it won’t go away. For many people, jaw pain is an indication of a jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder, which directly affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that are on either side of your jaw. When you develop TMJ disorder, these joints are unable to function properly, and chronic jaw pain can be one of several potential warning signs of it.
What it means to have TMJ disorder
Having TMJ disorder isn’t always the same problem for everyone who develops it. Unlike more common dental concerns, like tooth decay and gingivitis, TMJ disorder can mean different specific conditions, each of which involves some form of harm to one or both of your jaw’s joints. The problem is that, because the disorder can have different details for each patient, it can also have varying symptoms, making it more difficult to tell if you have TMJ disorder on your own. Before you mention it to your dentist, you may begin to experience a number of different symptoms because of it, including chronic jaw pain and, in many cases, difficulty with your bite’s overall function.
How the disorder could have developed
Because TMJ disorder can mean something different for everyone, it can also be challenging to pinpoint what your specific risk factors for its development may be. For instance, you might be unknowingly placing excessive amounts of pressure on your TMJ’s if you suffer from a chronic teeth-grinding habit, or bruxism. Or, you may be at risk for TMJ disorder because of a misalignment in your upper and/or lower teeth, which make it more difficult for your jaw to work properly.
Other signs that could indicate TMJ disorder
The development of chronic pain in your jaw is just one potential symptom that could warn you of TMJ disorder. Depending on the specifics of your disorder and the damage to your jaw joints, you might also experience one or more chronic aches and pains that can sometimes be associated with TMJ disorder. These can include frequent and increasingly worse headaches, migraines, pain and ringing in your ears, and more. If you notice these or other aches and pains in addition to your jaw discomfort, then they may be strong indications that you might have a form of TMJ disorder.
Learn if TMJ treatment can alleviate your jaw pain
If you experience chronic jaw pain along with one or more of these symptoms, then it may be a sign that you’re suffering from TMJ disorder. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder isn’t the same as most other oral health concerns. For example, unlike the decaying of a tooth or the development of gingivitis, having TMJ disorder can mean something different for everyone. Because of this, the specific cause of the disorder also varies, which can make it difficult to predict if you’re going to develop it in the future. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce your risks of developing TMJ disorder, such as understanding the conditions that can commonly contribute to it, and addressing those concerns before they have a chance to.
What TMJ disorder often means
A TMJ disorder means that a specific problem has developed with one or both of your jaw’s joints (TMJs). This might be some form of damage to the joint’s structure or tissues, strain or damage to the ligaments, a misalignment in one or both joints, or more. The shared characteristic of all TMJ disorders is that they inhibit your jaw joints’ ability to function smoothly and properly. This can place an excessive amount of strain on one or both of the joints, leading a wide range of potential aches, pains, and bite dysfunctions.
What it could be the result of
The damage that your jaw’s joints sustain can differ depending on several different factors. In some cases, it results from an imbalance in your bite’s overall function, such as a misalignment in your teeth or in your jawbone’s shape and symmetry. This strain can wear down or damage your TMJs to the point that your bite experiences further difficulty functioning properly. Your jaw joints may pop and click as they try to adjust to a malfunctioning bite, and your TMJs can become more damaged, exacerbating your TMJ disorder and its symptoms.
How to reduce your risks of it
While TMJ disorder isn’t always predictable, you may be able to determine your risk for it if you exhibit one or more of the conditions that can lead to it. For instance, if your teeth are crooked, then straightening them could be an important measure in reducing your risks of developing a jaw dysfunction. If you have a chronic habit of grinding your teeth together, it may be an indication of bruxism (chronic teeth-grinding), and the pressure could eventually damage one or both of your TMJs. By addressing such concerns as early as possible, you can reduce the chances of them impacting the health and function of your TMJs.
Learn how to avoid TMJ disorder
There is no single solution for preventing TMJ disorder, by caring for your oral health consistently and addressing existing concerns promptly, you can greatly reduce your risks of developing it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Having TMJ disorder isn’t something that’s always obvious. In fact, many people who have it and suffer from its symptoms don’t know that TMJ disorder is the cause of them. This can be due to many reasons, such as the fact that the symptoms of TMJ disorder aren’t always the same for everyone. Some symptoms may not even seem directly related to your jaw or oral health, making it even more challenging to identify their cause. Today, we look at a few ways in which you can know if you might have TMJ disorder, and the types of symptoms that it might be responsible for.
The aching and discomfort
TMJ disorder describes damage, misalignment, dysfunction, or other types of problems with your jaw joints (which are known as temporomandibular joints, or TMJs). This damage can come from a variety of sources, such as an injury or exposure to excessive, uneven bite pressure. When it occurs, TMJ disorder can negatively impact your oral health and bite function in a variety of ways, including causing various forms of aches and pains throughout your head, neck, and face. These can include chronic headaches and migraines, as well as jaw pain, earaches, and more.
The difficulty biting and chewing
When your TMJs have difficulty moving together, they can make it more difficult and/or painful to bite and chew with them. This is due to the joints’ inability to open, close, and move in tandem, which can force your jawbone and oral structures to compensate and struggle to keep your bite straight. You might also experience popping or clicking sensations in your TMJs when you open and close your jaw, and the discomfort can continue to grow worse the longer your TMJ disorder remains untreated.
The results of your dental exam
Because TMJ disorder can lead to such a wide variety of symptoms, some patients may have trouble identifying theirs even if they know what TMJ disorder is. Fortunately, sticking a routine schedule of preventive dental exams and cleanings, you have a better chance of detecting the problem and treating it early. During each preventive visit, your dentist will thoroughly inspect your teeth, oral tissues, and oral structures for signs of trouble. These may include signs that your bite isn’t function properly, and whether TMJ disorder is the likely reason why.
Find out if you have TMJ disorder
TMJ disorder isn’t always to identify, even when one or more of its symptoms become severe. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
One of the most challenging things about dealing with TMJ disorder is the fact that it isn’t always the same for everyone. Unlike more common oral health concerns, the dysfunction of your jaw joints, or TMJs, can lead to a wide and varying range of aches, pains, and other discomforts. Because of this, dealing with your TMJ disorder in a way that provides lasting relief will require a professional examination and diagnosis from your dentist. Fortunately, once the condition is diagnosed, you may able to address it and alleviate the pain with comfortable, minimally invasive treatment. (more…)
For many people who have untreated TMJ disorder, the problem isn’t that their condition is difficult to treat. On the contrary, many people fail to address the disorder because they don’t realize they have it. Unlike many other oral health concerns, TMJ disorder can have an incredibly wide variety of symptoms and consequences for your oral health, depending on a large number of personal factors. Fortunately, however, there are some signs that can be more consistent than others among people who suffer from a TMJ disorder. Today, we take a closer look at TMJ disorder and some of the common symptoms that could develop because of it.
What are temporomandibular joints?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name of the joint on either side of your jaw that allows for your mandible’s (lower jaw’s) range of movement. Each of your two TMJs should move and function together, in the same direction, at the same time, and to the same degree. This proper and balanced function relies on several different factors, including the alignment of your teeth, the symmetry of your jawbone, and much more. If any one of these factors is off, then the consequences could include damage to one or both TMJs, and a range of symptoms specific to the unique problem with your jaw joints.
What TMJ damage and dysfunction mean
One of the main reasons why TMJ disorder can cause a wide range of differing symptoms between patients is because the disorder itself can be different. For example, you may experience damage to the joint tissue in one of your TMJs, or a misalignment that causes of them to move differently than its counterpart. It might also include inflammation, arthritis, and more, but in each case, the development of the disorder means that your jaw can no longer function as comfortably and efficiently as it’s meant to. This dysfunction is the key to the varying symptoms and consequences the disorder can manifest.
What kind of symptoms can you experience?
While many symptoms of TMJ are highly specific and unique to your condition, there are several impacts that result from your bite’s inability to function properly, and can result from several different types of TMJ disorders. For example, because the condition affects the joints that control your jaw’s movement, you may experience:
- Popping and clicking when you bite and chew
- Pain and soreness in your jaw and facial muscles
- Your jawbone shifting to the side when you open and close it
- Increasingly more frequent headaches and/or migraines
- An increasingly more frequent tendency to grind your teeth
- And much more
Learn if your TMJs are damaged or dysfunctional
If your TMJs become damaged or cease to function properly for some reason, the symptoms of the disorder could include a wide variety of aches and pains. To learn more about treating it early, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.