TMJ is an abbreviation for the term temporomandibular joint. Simply stated, this is your jaw joint; the area where your lower jaw attaches to the skull at the temporal bone. You have two TMJ’s, one on each side of your face, although they work in unison.
When you experience discomfort or pain in this area, it is commonly referred to as TMJ when in actuality, TMJ is just the name of the joint. TMD is the correct term for the pain. It stands Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. To complicate things further, some people refer to the disorder with the unabridged acronym, TMJD.
The good news is that, whether you hear TMJ, TMD or TMJD, they all refer to the same thing; a painful problem with your jaw. Our TMJ dentists in Westminster, MD can help you relieve this pain.
Maybe you have been living with constant headaches for so long now, it’s just become a way of life.
In fact, it’s been so long since you haven’t had a headache you simply can’t remember what life was like before. This way of living has defined you.
TMJ affects all the muscles in the vicinity of your jaw, particularly those in your head, neck, back, shoulders and face. The joints, muscles and nerves of your neck, head communicate with each another. If a nerve in your neck (your jaw, your head) is pinched or irritated, the “hurt” can travel along that nerve and cause pain elsewhere.
It makes perfect sense then, if you suffer from TMJ, your facial muscles could be the ones to bear the brunt of the pain.
Whenever you use something repetitively, wear and tear is inevitable. This same fact holds true for your teeth. Think about that for a moment!
You use your jaw each and every day. Day-in-day-out your jaw is working every time you talk, breathe, kiss, eat, drink, swallow, laugh, yawn… You chew with them, bite with them, grind them, brush them, floss them and abuse them.
When everything’s working well, you can expect to see some wear and tear in this area, but, if your jaw is not properly lined up and subsequently affects your bite, the wear and tear on your teeth can increase exponentially.
Are you ears ringing, congested or painful?
Here you are, living and your ears are giving your problems. As much as you know something isn’t right, your doctor has never found a problem. You explain your symptoms, the doctor shines a light, explores your inner ears and exclaims –“nothing appears to be wrong”.
Still, you know the constant buzzing sound is real. You may also be occasionally hit with waves of dizziness.
An aching neck, stiff shoulders, a sore back; so many people live with discomfort every day and assume that it’s just a cause of too many hours at the wheel, in front of the computer screen, or slouching on the couch.
It’s true, these activities can put a big strain on our postural muscles, but a regular program of exercising and stretching, combined with a healthy diet, should be enough to get you feeling well again. Old injuries can also cause problems for these muscle groups, but a trip to the physiotherapists office should help sort that out for you.
Dr.Imm recommended full mouth reconstruction. I had no idea anything like this was possible. I had seen Extreme Makeover but didn’t know that a cosmetic dentist could help with the pain I was experiencing. Within 48 hours of having my orthotic placed, my pain was gone! I feel absolutely better and I look great too! Dr. Imm doesn’t just treat you as a patient, he treats you as a person – that is what really makes him stand out from other dentists. I carry his cards with me everywhere I go and hand them out constantly.