What Causes TMJ?
TMJ Disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition caused by a bite discrepancy or misalignment of the jaw which can lead to a variety of medical problems. Approximately 80% of people suffer from some sort of bite discrepancy, and in over 70% of these cases the discrepancy leads to destructive oral habits or compression disorders such as clenching, bruxing, and grinding of the teeth.
TMJ Symptoms and Habits
Symptoms of potential bite problems or compression disorders include:
- Hypersensitive Teeth
- TMJ Headaches
- Swollen Jaw Muscles
- Constantly Clenched Jaw
- Waking Up with Pain or Stiffness in your Jaw
- Difficulty Sleeping and Waking up Two or Three Times During the Night
- Mild to Moderate Wear Facets on your Teeth
- Clicking or Popping Sounds in your TMJ when you Open or Close
- Grating Sounds, Known as TMJ Crepitus.
- Chronic Neck Tensions or Lower Back Pain
- Previous Trauma to the Head or Jaw from a Car Accident or Fall
- Vertigo or Balance Difficulties
TMJ Treatment Options
Chicago and Indianapolis patients that are looking for TMJ pain treatment may arrive at Dr. Hatland’s office with various combinations of signs and symptoms, but most of them require similar treatment. The goal of TMJ treatment is to relax the maxillo-facial muscles and coordinate function between the mandible and temporal bone. To accomplish this, Dr. Hatland provides patients with an innovative, intra-oral TMJ appliance which can prevent grinding and bruxing. Patients also immediately experience an improvement in clenching and teeth grinding which promotes positive life-energy.
The intra-oral appliance I use gives my patients a “perfect” bite – from the body’s point of view – and magically begins to turn off the stress systems’ desire to clench and grind within hours or days. It is comfortable and easy to wear allowing the muscles to relax naturally. Pain and tension in the mouth starts melting away and patients get more rest out of their sleep. The energy work I do along with the appliance reduces the energy supporting the negative habits and shortens the treatment time by months. Because the occlusion (bite) is always off from its ideal, with my way of relaxing the muscles we can easily discover what the patient’s ideal bite needs to be. Previously treated patients find this approach very gentle and easy on them compared to TMJ treatments offered by other dentists.
Schedule your Consultation for TMJ Treatment
To learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder and the various methods of treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Raymond Hatland. Contact our TMJ specialists by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis TMJ doctors by calling (317) 257-0794.