TMJ Treatment Options that cures the root cause of Jaw Pain. No need to wear night time appliances for the rest of your life.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is more properly called temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The disease has a medical and dental definition, but most of the time people say they have “TMJ” when they suffer from jaw pain and other symptoms stemming from night time teeth clenching and UARS or upper airway resistance syndrome.
Common TMJ Symptoms:
Jaw soreness and tension especially in the morning
Jaw joint popping and clicking
Limited opening and range of motion of jaw joints
Teeth wear, cracking. history of past root canals, tooth implants, crowns and fillings by the gum line
Ear fullness, feeling of fluid in the ear or it needs to pop and sometimes loss of hearing
Unstable tooth position. Constant need for retainers, teeth that are always shifting
Tied Tongue or Tied Lip
Headaches, possibly migraines, especially in the Temporal area and up around and behind the eyes
Sinus Pressure or feeling of having a Sinus Infection
Neck and shoulder tension, upper back pain
Tingling in the fingers and extremities
What separates our practice is Dr Adams’ special focus in problems that involve pain and symptoms related to jaw joint disorders. Our goal is to correct the underlying cause of the problem. Recent advancements in treatments provide much more than temporary pain treatments like night guards. Our unique holistic approach to therapy gets people better. Without the need for surgery. The key to success is identifying the cause of the temporomandibular pain and using targeted therapies and exercises to improve the problem. Dr. Adams will determine the source of your jaw pain and problems. He then develops a treatment plan that provides a solution to all your pain – not a piece of plastic you sleep with for the rest of your life.
TMJ Treatment Appliance
tmj pain treatment“One of the best TMJ appliances is the DNA Vivos appliance device” The difference in the DNA Appliance and most other appliances is that the DNA appliance corrects many of the most common causes of TMJ. For example, 1) space available for the tongue 2) Jaw balance, 3) Jaw Position 4) some aspects of how the teeth fit top to bottom. The DNA if designed properly, can get people better. By contrast, most other appliances and treatments will result in an appliance worn indefinitely at night time. Conventional appliances such as night guards will slow wear and tear on the teeth, but clenching still occurs on the appliance. Normally people will stop wearing night guards because they are not comfortable. Often night guards cause more clenching since they take up valuable space in the mouth, crowd the tongue and provide no balancing effect for the bite and jaw muscles.
DNA Appliance Therapy can improve and in many cases cure:
TMD Symptoms – jaw popping / clicking and soreness, neck pain, migraine headaches, sinusitis pressure and pain
Sleep Apnea – The appliance helps the jaws grow larger, creates space in the jaws and facial bones for proper breathing, tongue space and position.
Postural problems – neck pain, shoulder blade, back pain, tight trapezius muscles
Orthodontic Problems through Natural Orthodontics
Cause of TMJ-TMD:
Upper Airway Restriction Syndrome (UARS) is caused by a small mouth, small nasal passageways and crowded tongue, teeth and tonsil spaces. Clenching is often the body defending your airway from obstructions such as a large tongue. During deep sleep all the muscles in your body relax and become flaccid including the tongue. When the tongue does not have enough space to fit properly in the mouth, it settles into the throat and gets in the way of night time breathing. That is when the clenching starts and you wake up into a lighter sleep. In lighter sleep, your tongue regains its muscular tone and comes out of the airway. In deep sleep, the tongue is relaxed and flaccid at which point it goes where it fits which is deeper into the throat. 77% of people who clench their teeth during UARS, do not know they are doing so. When the problems get much worse, the symptoms of TMJ start to become more noticeable. People who suffer from UARS symptoms should be tested for sleep apnea. 77% of people with sleep apnea suffer from severe TMJ symptoms. Vivos DNA appliance therapy is just what the doctor should order. It will balance the jaw relationship and open up space in the mouth and upper airway for better tongue space and breathing.
Bad Bite that is not comfortable. When spaces in the mouth are tight, the teeth tend to fit poorly and the bite is not comfortable. A bad bite alone is sometimes enough to cause tooth clenching and painful jaw joint and muscle symptoms.