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4 Common Myths About TMJ

TMJ Myths

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 infections, and a restricted airway are often associated with TMJ as well.

With a condition involving so many different systems, there is a considerable amount of misinformation surrounding the topic. Myths about TMJ can leave people seeking information confused and misled. We've collected a list of common myths about TMJ and its symptoms.

Myth #1: TMJ disorder is not common

According to the National Institutes of Health, studies suggest that over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorders. Other estimates, however, suggest that up to 75 percent of adults show signs of joint dysfunction but that only 5 percent of those people seek treatment.

Myth #2: All TMJ disorders are similar

Temporomandibular joint disorders run the gambit for associated symptoms making each person's experience with TMJ different depending on how it affects them.

Myth #3: TMJ disorder only affects your jaw

Because so many systems are interdependent, especially in the face, TMJ disorder affects multiple systems. For example, it's known to cause:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Grinding (bruxism)
  • Vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears

Myth #4: TMJ disorders can only be treated with surgery

Dr. Buck uses a variety of treatment methods to relieve patients of the effects of TMJ disorder. These methods include:

  • Ultra-Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (ULF-TENS)
    • ULF-TENS is a way to relax muscles through rhythmic pulsing that relaxes the muscles by increasing blood flow and stimulates the body's production of endorphins.
  • Orthotics
    • An orthotic is a temporary device worn over the teeth. The orthotic allows the neuromuscular dentist to adjust plastic without adjusting the teeth until the patient's bite is stable. Once symptoms are relieved and the bite is stable, your dentist can move on to the next step and permanently adjust your bite to the correct position.
  • Long-Term Management
    • Coronoplasty: smoothing and reshaping the enamel
    • Removable Overlay Partials: permanent orthotics
    • Reconstruction: making the teeth higher using crowns
    • Orthodontics: using braces, Invisalign, etc.

Learn More About TMJ Disorder At Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics

To learn more about TMJ disorders and if TMJ treatment is right for you, call Dr. Buck at (425) 361-0968 or visit our contact page here. 

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