TMJ/TMD – stands for Temporomandibular joint or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (disease). This condition is relative to head pain, rear neck pain, throat pain, pain in the upper chest and/or scapular area of the back. These headaches are often thought to be “migraines;” they are usually on that part of the head between the eye and the ear. This condition is often associated with a click in the jaw when eating or opening wide and the pain in the condyle (jawbone where it meets the skull in front of the ear). Grinding (gritting) and/or clinching of the teeth is indicative of TMJ. Notches or recession of the teeth at the gum line is another clue. There may be clinical signs of impending TMD without any current pain, maybe just a few sensitive teeth.
This is a difficult condition to diagnose and then to treat. TMJ is the most unfamiliar and mysterious condition in the dental profession. Often I don’t see the patient until they have seen many other doctors, (eye doctor, ENT, general practitioners, orthopedists and other doctors). When all else fails they may see a dentist and often with no satisfaction. Many dentists shy away.
I like treating this condition because I have a lot of success and I enjoy a nice result and challenge. I love patients who are happy with the relief and results. It is necessary to know all of the treatment modalities and how to switch and implement different approaches.