Injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can occur in many ways, including trauma to the jaw, head, or neck areas. The TMJ is complex and functions as both a ball-and-socket and sliding joint and is responsible for chewing, talking, and swallowing. Acute trauma to the jaw muscles or bones is the most common cause of TMJ injury, such as a direct blow due to a car accident, sports accident, or physical altercation. Repetitive injury to the muscle tissues, such as[…] Read More
Can TMJ Disorders Cause Vertigo?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex, yet it is crucial, allowing you to talk, eat, and swallow. Diseased or damaged TMJ joints result in a multitude of painful and sometimes debilitating disorders. There are many reasons why TMJ disorders develop, including disease, injury, and teeth grinding, leading to thinning discs, inflammation, pain, misaligned bite, and even vertigo. Vertigo is a condition characterized by the sensation of spinning or feeling that the surrounding is moving, a dizziness[…] Read More
How Can TMJ Surgery Help You?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. One is located on each side of your jaw. The TMJ is complex, acting like a sliding hinge that allows you to talk, eat, and swallow. Disorders of the TMJ are quite common and can lead to chronic pain, bite problems, and other issues. For patients with conditions that do not respond to non-invasive treatments, TMJ surgery can relieve symptoms and improve function. Here are the top five benefits of TMJ[…] Read More
How Can Sleep Apnea Affect Oral Health?
Sleep apnea affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Those who suffer from it stop and start breathing continuously throughout the night, sometimes for several minutes. They often wake up with a headache, an unusually dry mouth, and feel fatigued. Loud snoring normally accompanies the condition. Sleep apnea can affect a person’s overall wellbeing and health. That includes their oral health as well. Bad-quality sleep can lead to a wide variety of oral health issues, including bad[…] Read More
What Causes TMJ Pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull on both sides, in front of your ears. Think of it as a hinge, allowing you to open and close your mouth and move it from side to side. When your TMJ is impaired, it can cause temporomandibular disorder. This disorder is commonly (but mistakenly) referred to as simply TMJ. Mechanical Issues Linked to TMJ Pain TMJ disorder occurs when the muscles, joints, or tissues surrounding the TMJ become inflamed,[…] Read More