Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about TMJ. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
“How many patients has Dr. Gary Core treated?”
Dr Gary Core has treated over 1600 patients in the past 5 years
“What is TMJ?”
The Temporo-Mandibular Joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles that control chewing are also attached to the lower jaw. Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ or TMD) occurs when the joint is injured or damaged.
“What causes TMJ?”
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.
“How is TMJ diagnosed?”
Currently, health care providers note the patient’s description of symptoms, take a detailed medical and dental history, and examine problem areas, including the head, neck, face, and jaw. Imaging studies may also be recommended.
“How many people have TMJ?”
We don’t know for certain the exact number, but the National Institute of Health estimates over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ right now.
“What does treating TMJ involve?”
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.
“What happens if TMJ is not treated?”
Left untreated, your TMJ problems may become more severe and simultaneously more difficult to treat. TMJ disorder can cause chronic, debilitating headaches. The constant strain on your temporo-mandibular joint will also compound over time, leading to more pain and often decreased jaw mobility.