TMJ / Orofacial Pain
WHAT IS TMJ?
Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ, is a disorder of the jaw joints which creates jaw and bite alignment malfunctions in individuals suffering from this dental disorder. The mandibular bone [lower jaw] is designed to slide and rotate to provide for range of motion when chewing and speaking. The causes of TMJ can range from grinding of the teeth, clenching of the jaw, highly stressful lifestyle, as well as age-related wearing down of the jaw bone and joint. Other factors are hyper mobile ligaments, arthritic conditions and cranial sacral distortions.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF TMJ?
Some physical symptoms of TMJ include extreme jaw pain and discomfort, headaches, facial pain, clicking of the jaw at the joints, limited jaw mobility, excessively worn out teeth, locking of the jaw, earaches, and ringing in the ears. Nerve pain and damage caused by the misalignment of the jaw may become permanent if left untreated. While most TMJ symptoms are merely mild to moderate in severity, certain symptoms such as the limiting of jaw mobility can create serious health problems such as the inability to chew food properly, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies. The efficient chewing of food helps to break down the vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are necessary for optimum nutrition. TMJ may also create sleeping difficulties due to the substantial amount of pain in the jaw. Symptoms seem to worsen at night due to the inability of the muscles and joints to relax. Misalignment of the jaw may also complicate other sleep issues such as individuals suffering from sleep apnea.
In addition to having created thousands of beautiful smiles throughout his more than twenty-year career, Dr. Weaver also specializes in treating TMJ and dental caused sleep apnea. Dr. Weaver is a member of many leading professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists and the Arizona Dental Association, among many others.
Anyone suffering from the debilitating pain and discomfort of TMJ, should schedule a free consultation with Dr. Weaver.
Orofacial pain is defined as any of the following symptoms:
• Temporomandibular Joint disorders
• Masticatory musculoskeletal pain
• Cervical musculoskeletal pain
• Neurovascular pain
• Neuropathic pain
• Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
• Orofacial Dystonias
• Intraoral, intracranial, extracranial, and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain.
Dr. Weaver specializes in the treatment of orofacial pain. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.