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What Kind of TMJ Do You Have?

TMJ in Lynnwood, WA

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 less fortunate, TMJ-related sleep apnea can jeopardize their lives. These jaw disorders often manifest themselves in one or a combination of three kinds of TMJ symptoms.

The Three Main Types of TMJ Symptoms

Researchers generally agree that TMJ symptoms typically fall into three main categories.

  • Myofascial Pain: This TMJ symptom category involves discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function. Lockjaw, daytime clenching, or nocturnal grinding (bruxism) represent these kinds of symptoms.
    • Myofascial pain can also present as:
      • Chronic pain in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, and around the ear
      • Headaches
      • Neck aches
      • Difficulty chewing
  • Internal Derangement of the Joint: Symptoms involving the derangement of the joint are structural as opposed to muscular in origin. Issues such as a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle. These structural symptoms also include:
    • Uncomfortable bite
    • Malocclusion
    • Grating and popping noises
  • Degenerative Joint Disease: An overuse or aging of the temporomandibular joint can lead to degeneration of the joint. Degeneration can then lead to inflammatory joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or a perforated TMJ disc.

Not everyone experiences TMJ the same. Even patients whose symptoms fall under the same category may not share the same experience. For some patients, their pain can be tolerable or mild. Others, however, suffer far more, with pain noticeably more severe.

Treating TMJ in Lynnwood, WA

TMJ treatment requires the recommendations of a neuromuscular dental professional and a multi-faceted approach to account for the broad spectrum of symptoms possible. Dr. Buck of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea treatment making his office an excellent resource for those in need of relief. Call (425) 361-0715 today or visit our contact page here for more information.

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