Do you have jaw pain? Head or neck pain?
Even if you’ve never heard of the temporomandibular joint, chances are you’ve felt it hurt before. With as much as eighty percent of polled populations across the globe experiencing some degree of TMJ pain, there’s a good chance that you’re someone who needs help dealing with jaw-joint issues.
What is the TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (or, the ‘TMJ,’ for simplicity’s sake) is the complex function of your joints, teeth, and muscles operating in balance. It’s made of bone, padding, and ligament, and serves to provide much of your bite-strength and chewing-ability. Without the TMJ, our capacity to chew, to bite, and even to open our mouths would be greatly reduced.
The TMJ is a remarkable part of the human body. Since we use our jaws for everything from eating to talking, the equipment has to stand up to a lot of punishment. For instance, did you know that the average human bite can reach around 150 pounds of pressure? That’s a lot of strain to put on a single hinge!
… And why does it hurt?
When there is an imbalance between the joint, muscles and teeth, the system becomes strained. This results in joint pain, muscle pain, and damage to the teeth. This mis-alignment often causes other symptoms, such as headaches, ringing and pain in the ear and upper neck pain. For some people, these pains can cause a reduction in quality of life.
Causes of TMJ pain can be both temporary and chronic. Since pain and discomfort in your TMJ can be a result of bone, soft tissue, or muscle, there are a number of different conditions and disorders that may be affecting you. Make sure to contact a dental health professional to properly diagnose and address any jaw-pain you may be feeling!
Some common causes
Mis-aligned teeth, (commonly known as a ‘bad bite’) and improper ‘gearing’ of the teeth is the most common cause of TMJ problems. Other common causes are past braces, trauma and congenital malformities. These things cause the system to be out of alignment and strained. Over time, pain in muscles, pop and clicking in the joint, and cracked, broken or worn teeth can develop. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your local Anchorage TMJ dentist!
Dr. Burke and Dr. Williams utilize sophisticated diagnostic techniques, along with years of experience, to determine the causes of your pain, and develop the best course of treatment for your situation. If you’re experiencing any signs of pain in your jaw, or if you grind your teeth to the point of discomfort, make sure to contact us to schedule a consultation. If you’re in the Anchorage, AK area, look us up! Dr. Burke and Dr. Williams provide the Anchorage TMJ pain treatment you can trust.
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Dr. Mark G. Williams
Dr. Dale Burke
4450 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99503
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