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TMJ Disorder

TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. Each person has two of these, one on each side of the face in front of the ears. They are complex joints, and unhealthy function can impact many areas of a patient’s life. Dysfunction in the TMJ can affect talking, chewing, as well as preservation of teeth and bone. They can also cause a range of uncomfortable and painful situations for a patient if misaligned or functioning improperly.

The providers at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry offer evaluation and treatment options for TMJ disorders. These disorders may
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stem from the joints, the muscles, bite alignment, or the nervous system associated with these areas. Symptoms that signify a problem vary, so only an experienced and trained professional will be able to provide a positive diagnosis. Symptoms can appear suddenly, or may present as a result of trauma or injury. Proper diagnosis may involve answering questions, x-rays, a clinical exam, evaluation of symptoms, and possibly a CT scan.

Symptoms that warrant seeking professional evaluation include:

  • Pain in the face, ears, jaws, or unexplained headaches
  • Muffled or clogged hearing
  • Pain or clicking sounds when chewing
  • Stiff or fatigued facial muscles upon waking, when yawning, or from speaking
  • Clenching teeth when sleeping or awake
  • Headaches in temples
  • Difficulty in opening mouth freely, smoothly, or sufficiently
  • Situations in which the jaw seems to feel locked in position, whether open or shut
  • Development of improper bite alignment
  • Discomfort when biting, or painful chewing
  • Teeth chipped or worn on edges
  • Noticeable overbite
  • Shifting of teeth, gaps, or crowding for no apparent reason

Any of these troublesome signs could indicate a problem with your TMJ. Assistance is available to help correct these issues, relieve pain and discomfort, and restore healthier function. To schedule a personal evaluation, call CCID. Proper treatment now may avoid complex issues in the future. We will provide education on treatment options available, and in some cases may refer you to a chiropractor to coordinate complete care. At CCID, your health is our priority.

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