TMJ is a condition that affects the alignment and function of the jaw. Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is associated with teeth grinding, chronic headaches and muscular pain. Often misdiagnosed, TMJ can worsen and cause permanent damage to the health and function of the jaw. TMJ commonly causes intense orofacial pain and is part of a complex group of disorders. TMD is often characterized by chronic pain and limited mobility in the jaw.
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Frequent morning headaches
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Ringing ears
- Face, neck, shoulder and back pain
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Jaw pain and tension
- Numbness or tingling of the hands or fingers
There is no single cause for TMJ. A number of factors contribute to bite misalignment and jaw dysfunction. Most commonly, trauma to the head or face is to blame for TMJ problems, but crooked teeth and habitual teeth grinding are also common underlying factors in patients with TMJ.
Treatment for TMJ
While there is no one course of treatment for TMJ a through oral health analysis by a trained dentist can help patients find relief from painful symptoms. Invisalign or an oral sleep appliance can be used to address the underlying cause of some patients TMJ concerns. Dr. Kaplan will analyze the bite and jaw to determine which treatment option will provide the most stable and lasting results.
In many cases, crooked teeth or malocclusion create an imbalance in the bite adding stress or damaging the jaw joint. Dr. Kaplan offers Invisalign treatments to realign crooked teeth and to bring balance to the bite and jaw. Patients often find relief from TMJ symptoms after completing their Invisalign clear aligner treatment plan.