Decoding TMJ Dysfunction
Migraines, tension headaches, ear pain, neck, back or shoulder pain, and even nighttime grinding of your teeth (bruxism) can all be symptoms of a larger problem known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). People who suffer from the aforementioned issues may seek assistance from other trained professionals to deal with their symptoms, but without being evaluated by a skilled dentist, the problem may go undiagnosed.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a misalignment of the joint where the jaw connects to the skull. If your jaw makes a popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth, talk, or chew, this could be an indication of TMJ dysfunction, even if it is not painful.
People who suffer from TMJ dysfunction often experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Clicking and popping of the jaw joint
Neck and shoulder pain
Tinnitus and other ear pain
Research also suggests that sleep deprivation can heighten the pain caused by TMJ dysfunction. Some patients may have misalignment without any regular discomfort. TMJ dysfunction does not affect everyone in the same way, which is why visiting a dentist like Dr. Mark Shefrin, who understands TMJ dysfunction, is crucial.
When your jaw is misaligned, your mouth isn’t functioning to the best of its abilities. In order to treat the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. There are a variety of ways to treat TMJ dysfunction, and Dr. Shefrin will assess your case and work to restore your jaw to its ideal position. A good bite is essential for your jaw’s long-term health, stability, and functionality.
Our comprehensive approach ensures that patients’ mouths are performing exactly as they should, whether they are complaining of TMJ dysfunction symptoms or not. A comprehensive exam is necessary to find the most stable, comfortable jaw position. No matter what your situation, Dr. Shefrin will help you find relief from your TMJ dysfunction symptoms.