Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) effects over 35 million people. The condition is the second-leading cause of musculoskeletal problems. The causes of TMD can be elusive, but the damage and discomfort is ever obvious. Inflammation of the TMJs (jaw joints) can lead to a plethora of unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, neck pain, earaches, difficulty opening the jaw, and of course jaw pain. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to tell you about one treatment that may be surprising to people suffering from TMJ discomfort: botox. Continue reading
Do you tend to grit your teeth when the going gets tough? Did you clench your teeth together as you waited for the 2016 Election results? Do you find yourself tensing up your jaw muscles when you’re worrying about something? Unfortunately, this seemingly benign response to anxiety, nervousness, or general stress can become extremely detrimental to your jaw health. Let’s do a bit of exploration regarding how stress affects TMJ disorder and what you can do about it.
When TMJ disorder (TMD) begins, it’s something that may feel uncomfortable and cause some frustrating symptoms. However, it will not immediately wreak havoc on your smile, yielding serious damage and destruction. Unfortunately, when patients choose not to treat their TMD, it is a disorder that can eventually lead to such devastation. We encourage patients not to be fooled by the mild discomfort that first occurs. Instead, take it seriously to avoid problems in the future. Not sure you understand what we mean? Take our quiz for clarification.
Are you feeling a bit unsure about things you’re doing to make your TMJ disorder worse? Perhaps you assume that as long as you’re not doing anything really overwhelming, like trying to bite into something extremely hard, that you aren’t contributing to your TMD problem. Unfortunately, there are some factors that commonly fly under the radar, which you may be overlooking completely. In many instances, different types of pressure are serious culprits in exacerbating the situation. Let’s cover a few major items, so you know what to avoid.