08 September 2014

TMJ and your bite

TMJ and your bite

TMJ joint


TMJ is a term that is used often when talking about facial or jaw pain, noises or discomfort.  First of all, what does TMJ mean?  TMJ stands for tempor0mandibular joint and TMD is tempor0mandibular dysfunction or disorder.

The “joint is the area where the condylar head of your mandible sits in the area of the skull near the ear canal.  TMJ “dysfunction”  or “disorder” is a general reference to the pain or issue of the muscles of mastication (muscles that are used for chewing and move the lower jaw) or the tempor0mandibular joint.

When someone has popping, clicking or pain of the TM joint, have reduced range of motion, or limitations in the ability to open their mouth, that is when the discussion of TMJ dysfunction may happen.

At Moshiri Orthodontics in the St. Louis area, our Diplomates of The American Board of Orthodontics doctors have learned over many years of research and experience that there may be many factors that can be causing the noises or pain for a patient.  When patients are referred to our office or find us through their research, they are usually just hoping to find relief from the pain and negative impact it is having in their lives.

There are many factors that can cause the pain and also cause other related issues such as referred headaches, facial pain, orbital pain, neck and back pain, fullness or ringing in the ears or numbness in fingers or toes.  These symptoms can be a result of macro-trauma (such as automobile accident) or micro-trauma (like biting into something too hard).

Most importantly the pain and discomfort may be due to a bad bite.  If your jaw and teeth are not in a good and stable position, it forces your body to make modifications that may not be friendly to your temporomandibular joint.

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD and are unsure of your next step, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Farhad and Dr. Mazyar Moshiri to discuss.  Our TMJ consultation will include a comprehensive exam of your posture, head and neck alignment, facial and jaw pain and you teeth and occlusion to determine if your pain is a bite related issue.

If Drs. Moshiri determine that your “bad bite” is a contributing factor in your symptoms and pain, then comprehensive TMJ therapy may be recommended.

For more details, visit our website at moshtransfer.wpengine.com for more details on TMJ and TMD.


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