If you have TMJ pain, I think you’ll agree that it’s one of the most frustrating conditions to have. It can be jaw pain, ear pain, neck pain, or even a headache, and you never know when it’s going to show up.
What is TMJ / TMD?
TMJ is the anatomical abbreviation for Temporomandibular joint, which is a joint connecting your lower jawbone to the base of your skull. It allows us to form words and chew food, and open our mouths for breathing. The TMJ is referred to a single joint, but there are actually two hinge points in front of each ear that enable movement. To accomplish all of these movements, the joint has the ability to rotate in several different directions and essentially create a hinging, translatory, or gliding movements.
Because the joint is one of the most frequently used joints in the body, when it gets inflamed, it can be very painful and impact many aspects of normal activities. Problems with the TMJ are called TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), or TMJ Disorders. But people (and often even dentists) often simply refer to this condition as “TMJ”.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) presents as a significant clinical problem that affects approximately 75% of the US population, 10-12% of which seek or require professional care. TMD refers to a complex set of conditions manifested by pain and dysfunction in the region of the face, jaw, head, and neck. Rarely there is a single cause or symptom, the pain may arise from a sudden trauma or progressively over months to years. Symptoms may fluctuate over time with a change in frequency and intensity. Due to the complexity of symptoms, there is no quick/immediate cure for TMD and the most successful and scientifically supported treatments focus on self-management and control of aggravating factors. Long-term relief can be achieved with conservative therapy.
WHAT CAUSES TMJ and TMD?
The factors responsible for TMJ Disorders may be single or multifactorial. These may include:
● Developmental – a mal relationship of the maxilla and mandible produces symptoms that may emerge during childhood or may not occur until adulthood after years of day-to-day trauma.
● Improper occlusion/ bite – when teeth do not fit together properly it causes sustained microtrauma to the joints. Over time the body compensates by involving other muscles of the jaw
● Direct trauma to the jaw
● Indirect trauma to the jaw – a significant number of cervical whiplash injuries are accompanied by mandibular whiplash – a stretching and tearing of the ligaments of the jaw joints cause damage within the supporting musculature
● Tooth Loss – losing teeth without adequate replacement results in a change in jaw position, improper restorations that change the jaw relationship or make an incorrect one worsen
● Poor Sleep habits / Position
● Poor posture – Places unnecessary wear and tear on all joints, including jaw joints and the resulting damage is similar to direct trauma
● Bruxism/ clenching of teeth – some patients do this unconsciously and in some patients, we are uncertain why this is occurring. This produces stress on jaw joints and muscles of the face and neck
● Sleep apnea – it is theorized that some patients clench and brux their teeth unconsciously to maintain the muscles of the throat and mouth in a patent open airway. This will help maintain an airway but will put stress on jaw joints and muscles of face and neck
● Stress – some patients unconsciously brux and or clench their teeth in response to increased stress
● General health - conditions like arthritis, hormonal issues, muscle disorders, auto immune disorders etc also make cause TMJ issuesWho Should See Dr. Adatrow?
If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see Dr. Adatrow and find out how we can help. Living with this kind of pain can be debilitating, so it makes sense to work with a Memphis TMJ treatment professional who can solve the issue.
The most common TMJ symptoms include:
● TMJ Pain
● Pain behind the eyes or blurred vision
● Unexplained tooth pain
● Earache, congestion or ringing
● Clicking, popping or grating
● Limited opening or locking
● Pain when chewing
● Facial/head pain or numbness
● Neck or throat pain
● Difficulty closing teeth
● Jaw fatigue
● Hearing loss
How does our tmj treatment professional resolve the issue?
Experts strongly recommend using the most conservative, reversible TMJ treatments possible. Conservative treatments do not invade the tissues of the face, jaw, or joint, or involve surgery. Reversible TMJ treatments do not cause permanent changes in the structure or position of the jaw or teeth. Even when TMJ disorders have become persistent, most patients still do not need aggressive types of treatment.
Dr. Adatrow offers the best conservative and advanced treatment options available for TMJ, facial pain and headaches. Treatments offered by Dr. Adatrow are personalized to you, and may include:
● Imaging Studies such as CT Scans/ MRI/ Xrays
● Oral appliance therapy (custom mouthguards, nightguards, splints)
● Therapeutic Injections
● Trigger point injections of the muscle
● Steroid injections of the TM joint and tendons
● Therapeutic ointments and medication for oral, facial and TMJ pain
● Low-Level Laser therapy
● Physical Therapy
● Occlusal Adjustments
If you're a Memphis resident suffering from TMJ, you should seek treatment from a specialist who can resolve the problem. Once TMJ pain becomes unmanageable, it may be difficult to function. You may also find it impossible to enjoy life's simplest pleasures.
TMJ treatment is not something to fear. Dr. Adatrow goes to great lengths to ensure that every patient is comfortable and fully understand every aspect of their TMJ treatment. If you have questions about TMJ treatment, please contact our office for more information.
TMJ Statistics - it’s more common than you think
Scientists estimate that TMJ effects between 5% and 12% of Americans. This equates to more than 10 million people in the United States who suffer from TMJ symptoms. Interestingly, TMJ disorders are more prevalent among younger people and are twice as common in women as men. Women on oral contraceptives, or who take supplemental estrogen, are more likely to experience TMJ symptoms.
For most people, the pain associated with TMJ occurs in cycles. For most people, TMJ pain comes and goes and some people may only experience it once before it goes away. Some people develop long-term TMJ symptoms that require attention.
There are currently studies underway designed to help quantify a patient's TMJ pain. This may seem like a strange endeavor but because pain is the most common TMJ symptom, it is believed that the study will help with diagnosis and TMJ treatment.
TMJ pain research focuses on the following attributes:
● Understanding the similarities between TMJ pain and other painful conditions affecting muscles and/or headaches.
● Determining how women and men respond to TMJ pain and various medications used to treat the condition.
● Discovering why some TMJ patients develop chronic pain or discomfort.
● Pinpointing various stressors, including cold, physical stress, and noise to learn how TMJ pain may be reduced through lifestyle adjustments.
● Identifying medications and treatment that provide TMJ patients with pain relief.
● Investigating links between TMJ and other conditions that cause facial pain.
Obviously, there is much to learn in regards to TMJ. If you're a Memphis resident suffering from this serious condition, Dr. Adatrow can help. Contact us today for an appointment and put an end to TMJ pain so that you can live a normal life.
What steps can you take to ease pain before seeking TMJ treatment?
If you're experiencing TMJ pain, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make that could help mitigate pain. If you suffer from chronic TMJ pain, these techniques may offer temporary relief but we urge you to seek professional care because it's unlikely it will go away on its own.
For starters, avoid jaw movements that may aggravate the TM joint. Stop chewing gum. You may also consider using some over-the-counter pain medication to help take the edge off your TMJ pain. Ice packs offer many people suffering from TMJ symptoms temporary relief.
A few words about Memphis Tennessee
At Advance Dental Implant and TMJ Center, we are proud to service patients in the great city of Memphis. We are lucky to live in one the most historic cities in the southern United States while enjoying a rich culture and a wide variety of landscapes. With a population around 650,000, the City of Memphis thrives with an incredible music scene and some of the nation's best barbecue.
If you suffer from TMJ, it may be impossible to enjoy a plate of Memphis-style barbecue ribs. You don't have to sacrifice your quality of life because of TMJ symptoms. Our proven TMJ treatment techniques are designed to help you live a normal life. Get the most out of your life in Memphis by talking to Dr. Adatrow about your TMJ symptoms today.
We help Germantown, Tennessee residents who suffer from TMJ
If you live in Germantown, Tennessee then you are conveniently located close to our TMJ treatment specialist. Germantown has a population of only 39,000 and is known for its many horse shows. Most of the city's growth happened in the last 50 years, and Germantown continues to thrive with a strong and robust economy.
Germantown boasts a park within walking distance of every resident and some of the state's best schools. This makes it a fantastic place to start a family and raise kids. If you suffer from TMJ symptoms, you may not be able to enjoy those special moments with your children while they play in the park. Don't let unmanageable TMJ pain dictate how you live your life. Contact Dr. Adatrow today and find out more about TMJ treatment.
Collierville, Tennessee, TMJ, and you
Residents of Collierville seeking TMJ treatment are only a short drive away from our clinic. Collierville is even smaller than Germantown, with a population of only 44,000. In 2014, Collierville was named one of the top 100 places to live in the country by Relocate America, and if you're a resident you already know why.
Many young couples live in Collierville and about half of the population has kids under the age of 18. These unique demographics continue to make Collierville a very attractive place to live for anyone seeking to start a family. Because women suffer from TMJ about twice as often as men, young mothers suffering from this impairment often find it hard to live a normal life. Talk to us today about TMJ treatment so that you can get the most out of family life.
TMJ treatment for residents of Cordova, Tennessee
Yet another incredible suburb of Memphis, Cordova boasts a population of about 61,000 residents and is located east of Germantown. Cordova is very proud of its railroad history and the original train 1889 station still stands today. Cordova is also one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Memphis with plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs.
If you love the Fourth of July, and who doesn't, then the parade in Cordova is a do-not-miss event. The parade coincides with a craft fair where locals sell their hand-crafted wares to the delight of shoppers from all over Memphis. If you live in Cordova and suffer from TMJ, you may not be able to enjoy simple pleasures like the local parade. Don't let chronic pain suck the joy out of life. Contact us today for an appointment and get the TMJ treatment you need to lead a normal life.
Information for our Mississippi patients
If you live in Mississippi towns like Southaven, Hernando, and Olive Branch, you are also conveniently located near our dental office.
Southaven is Mississippi’s third largest city while also a principal city of Greater Memphis. It’s a growing community with a fantastic mall and plenty of air traffic. It’s also the home of acclaimed novelist John Grisham.
Hernando, Mississippi is quite a bit smaller than Southaven. It’s located in DeSoto County, which is the second largest county in Memphis. The historic downtown square is quite lovely, and the entire area is well known for its blues music.
Olive Branch, Mississippi is also located in DeSoto County and considered part of the Memphis Metro area. From 1990 to 2010, Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the country, which means it must be a pretty great place to live.
Dr. Adatrow welcomes patients from anywhere in Memphis, whether you live in Mississippi or Tennesse. Contact us today for an appointment.
Talk to our Memphis TMJ treatment specialist today
If you're one of the millions of people suffering from TMJ symptoms, now is the time to change your life. Make an appointment with our Memphis TMJ treatment specialist today. Dr. Adatrow is ready to help you get rid of the pain and start living life to the fullest.