Do you often have neck sensitivity, shoulder pain or migraines? Do you have trouble chewing or swallowing? Do you notice a clicking noise when you open your mouth?
These issues could be caused by TMJ pathology. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects your jawbone to your skill. TMJ disorders disrupt the tendons, facial muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves and teeth. TMJ disorder is frequently called TMD, temporomandibular disorder.
Some common TMD symptoms are:
- numbness or tingling in your fingertips or hands
- migraine headaches
- limited jaw mobility
- difficulty chewing and biting
- pain in your neck, jaw, face or shoulder
- hearing loss
- jaw stuck in an open or closed position
- a clicking sound during jaw movement
Occasionally, patients believe these symptoms are consequences of a sinus or ear problems. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with an OcciDental neuromuscular dentist for an exam. "By Laura Li"
At our Brooklyn location, we help patients find their ideal physiologic rest positions for their lower jaws. Our TMJ dentists work to bring patients relief from TMJ disorders by studying and treating imbalanced bites. In the diagnostic phase our TMJ dentists will inspect you for forward head posture, front tooth wear, loose teeth and withdrawing gum line. We offer Myotronics ® K-7 Diagnostic equipment in our office which analyzes the relationship between jaw muscles, joints and teeth. With the aid of our specialized computer system, we can accurately pinpoint optimal jaw treatment positions, which can relieve pain and correct TMJ problems.
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