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Temporomandibular Joint Treatment in Doral, FL | Dr. Sonia Olivares

WHAT IS TMD/TMJ?

Do you hear that popping sound near your ear? Do you experience pain in your jaw, just below your ear? Is it painful that you can’t sleep or maybe eat? Then, it’s time to visit your dentist because you might have TMJ.

Although it is commonly called TMJ, that term actually means Temporomandibular Joint – or your jaw joint. The more accurate term is TMD or Temporomandibular disorder, and that refers to a broad array of symptoms that can arise from an issue in how the lower jaw functions.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Migraine Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Jaw Joint Pain
  • Back, neck, cervical pain
  • Postural problems (forward head posture)
  • Pain in the face
  • Opening of the mouth commonly known as “locked jaw”
  • Headaches (tension type)
  • Pain in the muscles surrounding the Temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in the occipital (back ) temporal (side), frontal (front) or sub-orbintal (below the eyes)
  • Pain behind the eyes – dagger and ice pick feelings
  • Multiple bites that feels uncomfortable or, “off” and continual changing
  • Clenching/bruxing
  • Tender sensitive teeth to cold
  • Deviation of the jaw to one side
  • The jaw locking open or closed
  • Ringing in the ears, ear pain and ear congestion
  • Sinus like symptoms
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Visual disturbances
  • Tingling in fingers and hands
  • Insomnia difficult sleeping

Hidden underneath these symptoms are generally a negative impact on the blood flow to the brain as well as diminished airway and often nighttime sleep problems.

WHO CAN HAVE TMJ SYNDROME?

TMJ problems can afflict people of all ages, although patients under 40 are more susceptible and it occurs more frequently in women. Many other conditions cause similar symptoms — like tooth decay, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum diseases. To figure out what’s causing yours, the dentist will ask about your health history and conduct a physical exam.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT TMJ SYNDROME?

In order to determine the best course of treatment, an accurate diagnosis is imperative. Many times all that’s needed is a simple adjustment to your bite (the way your teeth come together), or a small mouthpiece that corrects the way your jaw joint closes. Consult with Dr. Olivares now to determine if you are suffering from TMJ syndrome.

Few are aware of just what the position of the teeth in their mouth can mean, but Dr. Sonia Olivares, practicing neuromuscular dentist in South Florida can show you! What this can mean to you is relief from facial pain or bite / chewing issues from misaligned teeth, for example. Neuromuscular dentistry takes into account the muscles and joints of your jaw that play a major role in teeth alignment and overall functioning of your mouth.

Genetics can play a role in how teeth misalignment happens, but is not the only reason. Excessive mouth breathing, such as from allergies as a child or orthodontic treatment that did not take into account the joint alignment in the jaw, or lower jaw retraction to accommodate molars coming together to chew – all can create issues for the normal functioning of your teeth and mouth, create pain and improper functioning. A neuromuscular dentist will do a thorough and specific exam to diagnose problems for patients who have not found any answer for oral pain or even ear, eye or headache pain.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sonia Olivares to learn more about your dental care options.

Call 305-620-8272 to make an appointment.

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