TMJ, sometimes called TMD is a disorder of the jaw, or the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ). TMJ is a disorder of the jaw and jaw joint which can affect surrounding facial muscles and cause discomfort in many parts of the body. Fortunately, Dr. Scott L. Tamura is one of the leading experts on TMJ.
The Causes of TMJ/TMD
TMJ can be caused by a wide variety of factors, all of which are related to the jaw bone and jaw muscles.
It is the primary cause of teeth misalignment, preventing the jaw from closing properly. An injury to the jaw can sometimes cause TMJ. It is also caused by stress and frequently clenching the jaw or grinding teeth.
The Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
One of the most surprising aspects of TMJ disorder is that, although the discomfort originates in the jaw, it can be responsible for aches and pains all over the body. This can make TMJ extremely hard to diagnose and, unfortunately, very easy to misdiagnose. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms it could be the result of TMJ:
- Frequent migraines and headaches
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw
- Pain near or in the ear when you are contracting and relaxing your jaw, as while eating
- Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, or a loss of balance
- Unexplained neck, shoulder and back pain
- Clicks or popping sounds and feelings coming from your jaw
The problems with properly diagnosing TMJ are exacerbated by the fact that dental schools don’t teach trainee dentists how to diagnose or treat the disorder. This is why it’s so important to consult with someone like Dr. Tamura, who has worked hard to understand TMJ.
Why Consult Dr. Tamura about TMJ?
TMJ can get worse over time if it is left without treatment by a professional. TMJ might have been caused by a factor you haven’t considered, like whiplash from a car accident. Dr. Tamura is among the most qualified dentists in the United States at dealing with TMJ. Call our office right away to put an end to the debilitating symptoms of TMJ
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, give us a call today!