What is TMJ or TMD?
Chronic Myofascial Pain with Tempero-Mandibular Joint disorders which are more commonly known as “TMJ or TMD”. This is one of the long standing conditions treated in dentistry. This disorder arises when muscles that connect the lower jaw bone to the skull become inflamed and cause acute or chronic pain.
The most common symptoms of this condition are: clicking/popping sound when opening or closing the mouth, aching pain in the face, headache, earache, reduced movement of the mouth, biting discomfort, and neck pain. Often times these symptoms can be misdiagnosed because they can be caused by a number of neurological and muscular disorders.
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What are the causes of TMJ/ TMD?
There are many reasons why TMJ/TMD can occur. Among these reasons are grinding teeth, excessive chewing, stress, trauma, occlusion or misaligned bite. Since people who grind their teeth usually do this in their sleep, it is difficult for them to understand their symptoms, thus TMJ is often misdiagnosed.
What are the treatments for TMJ/TMD?
The treatment usually involves a two phase treatment. The first phase of treatment is to treat the symptoms. This commonly involves three steps: fabrication of a proper orthotic appliance, physiotherapy which is a spray and stretch therapy and possibly trigger point injections such as Botox to hinder the movement of the muscle. The second phase involves treatment of the cause of the problem which often is a mal-alignment of teeth. Correcting this could be as simple as adjusting a filling that is high or having a major oral reconstruction.
TM Disorders should only be treated by a dentist that has been trained in Tempero-Mandibular Joint diseases and Myofascial pain management. Dr. Lazarof was one of only 5 students recognized in his class in dental school, selected to participate in this training from 1984 to 1986 at the USC School of Dentistry.
What Are the Causes of Teeth Staining?
There are many factors that may cause tooth staining. Some of these factors are as follows: Age, enamel translucency, eating/drinking habits, grinding, injury/trauma and drugs/chemicals. Although there are many reasons that your smile may not be as bright as you would like, sometimes it can be just due to simple genetics. It is best to consult with your dentist before beginning any type of whitening treatment. The tooth enamel must be examined to make certain that it is healthy enough for a whitening treatment.