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4 Causes of TMJ Disorder

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The temporomandibular joints, which link the lower jaw to the skull, are the source of TMJ disorder. What causes these joints to become dysfunctional? Because several elements are at play, answering this question is more complicated. Here's what can be causing your pain if you have a TMD. Clenching or grinding your teeth Many people mistakenly beli...
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At-Home Relief From TMD

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When it comes to TMJ disorder, the ideal approach is to combine treatments to relieve your pain while also addressing the underlying cause. While each patient's treatment strategy is unique and varies based on the severity of their TMD, self-managed at-home care is something everyone can do. Here are a few easy techniques to deal with TMD pain at h...
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Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms

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TMJ disorder is most commonly associated with three symptoms: popping, clicking, and jaw pain. However, you may not realize that TMD can exist without these symptoms! So, how can you know if you have TMD pain, and what does it feel like? Continue reading to find out! Because your body is a system, when one element is out of balance, it can result i...
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Fact or Fiction: TMJ Disorder

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TMJ disorder refers to a range of symptoms that include everything from headaches, facial pain, and jaw pain to clicking or popping in the jaw and limited jaw movement. TMJ disorder causes chronic discomfort in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulder, and back in many people. It is also linked to snoring, grinding of teeth, recurrent ear infecti...
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TMD Exercises to Help Relieve Jaw Pain

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Living with TMJ disorder can be difficult, but relying on pain relievers to get through the day can be risky and inconvenient. Here are some activities to relieve pain and avoid taking addictive drugs with unpleasant side effects. Correcting Posture Consider how some modern-day activities can easily lead to posture issues; We spend most days in fro...
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TMD and Botox

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Temporomandibular joint disorder, TMD, is a group of common pain conditions that affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, with the most common type affecting the chewing muscles. While many people manage their TMD symptoms with conservative treatments such as jaw exercises, oral appliances, dietary changes, and pain medication, others do not. ...
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Simple Ways to Avoid TMD or TMJ Disorder

Do you experience persistent discomfort at the back of your mouth? It could be more than simply an inconvenience that causes you to lose track of time. If you've ever had a locked jaw, facial swelling, or hearing problems, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. Many people go months, if not years, without understanding their pain is ...
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Your Headache Could Be TMJ

 The second most prevalent cause of persistent pain is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). It makes eating and talking difficult, if not impossible, and frequently causes headaches. When your TMJ is misdiagnosed as a headache, you'll continue to treat it as such. You may feel better for a while, but the pain will return if the root of t...
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Linking TMJ and Sleep Apnea

A dual diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMJD) and sleep apnea is common. Many individuals that suffer from TMJ will also suffer from symptoms of sleep apnea. A study concluded that individuals who experience two or more sleep apnea symptoms at 73 percent more likely to have TMJ. TMJ and sleep apnea share many symptoms, and both co...
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Untreated Malocclusion

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of a person's teeth when they shut their jaw, contributes to various health conditions or disorders. Without the proper treatment of a person's misalignment of their teeth, individuals can experience severe pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, disordered breathing, or even sleep apnea. Malocclusion, left untreat...
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Jaw Orthopedics and TMJ

When the jaw and teeth alignment is imperfect, an individual could suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. According to Oxford Lexico, the definition of malocclusion is the "imperfect positioning of the teeth closing the jaw." The imperfect fit of the teeth can cause teeth clenching or grinding, tinnitus, headaches, muscle spasms, pain, or e...
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The TMJ Gum Chewing Connection

Gum chewing is as common as tying shoelaces. However, chewing gum might not be as wonderful as one thinks. Gum has benefits, but it also has negative aspects. Chewing gum may cause health conditions as well as relieve stress. Before grabbing that next stick of chewing gum, one should understand the possible risks involved with gum.  Gum Chewin...
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​TMJ and Eliminating Migraines

For many individuals suffering from TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, eliminating migraines might seem like a far-off dream, a dream that is more fantasy than reality. However, seeking treatment from a doctor specializing in neuromuscular dental practices can turn this dream into real life. More than 35 million Americans experience migrain...
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TMJ Doctor in Washington

Neuromuscular dentistry involves diagnosis and treatment of jaw misalignments, which include malocclusion and TMD/TMJ. Some estimates state that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular disorder. That is quite a bit of the population experiencing pain from temporomandibular disorders or TMJ. Pain that inhibits an individua...
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Can Braces Cause TMJ?

For many, braces are a necessity in achieving their dental goals or correcting teeth or jaw issues. Malocclusion, or the imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed, is a significant contributor in individuals receiving orthodontic care. For those who require orthodontic treatment, a question they may ask themself is, "can braces ca...
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4 Common Myths About TMJ

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a term used to describe a group of symptoms ranging from headaches, facial pain, and jaw pain to clicking or popping in the jaw and limited jaw movement. Many people who suffer from TMJ experience chronic jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulder, or back pain. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infectio...
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The Jaw Epidemic and Its Implications for the TMJ

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Why are braces, retainers, and the need to have wisdom teeth pulled so commonplace? What did humans do before modern dentistry? A research study from Stanford University suggests that these problems are relatively new in our history. Researchers posit that the human jaw is shrinking, and it's not the result of genetics but of modern behavior and li...
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Why Are My Ears Ringing? Is it TMJ?

Hearing a constant ringing in your ears can be a jarring experience. Is something wrong with your eardrum? Are you losing your hearing? Is someone talking or gossiping about you? One possible explanation for this ringing in the ears is TMJ-induced tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? According to Mayo Clinic, "Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or othe...
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Things You Can Do to Check for TMJ

How does someone know if they have TMJ? It can be easy to read about symptoms and relate to them. So how can people who are concerned about potentially having a TMJ disorder decide if their concerns constitute a doctor visit? Things like headaches, jaw, neck, and back pain are common enough and don't necessarily have to share a common source, which...
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What Kind of TMJ Do You Have?

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Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. The implications of being diagnosed with a TMJ disorder widely vary. Some patients report bouts of severe jaw pain, others report chronic neck and back pain, and for the...
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Epigenetic Orthodontics

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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