Owasso TMJ Treatment
What is TMD/ TMJ?
“TMJ” is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, and it refers to the muscles and joints that attach the mandible bone of the jaw to the temporal bone at the base of the skull. Your lower jaw (mandible) is attached to your skull by temporomandibular joints and muscles. If your jaw is misaligned, it will be strained every time you speak, chew, swallow, or yawn, and even while you rest. Any condition in which your TMJ is painful or dysfunctional is called “TMD,” which stands for “temporomandibular disorder.”
You may be suffering from a TMJ disorder if you regularly experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Facial pain
- Jaw joint pain
- Back or neck pain
- Postural problem (forward head posture)
- Headaches (tension type)
- Pain in the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joints
- Pain located anywhere on your head or below your eyes
- Pain behind the eyes (dagger or ice pick feelings)
- A bite that feels “off” or uneven
- A habit of clenching your teeth
- Teeth that are sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
- Deviation of the jaw to one side
- Your jaw locks in either the open or closed position
- Ringing in your ears, ear pain, or ear congestion
- Sinusitis-like symptoms
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Visual disturbances
- Tingling in your fingers and hands
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
The Main Causes of TMD
- Emotional stress
- Bad bite (very common cause)
Diagnosis and Treatment
The ideal way to diagnose TMD is by having a clinical examination that includes a CT scan and running some diagnostic testing with electromyography (EMG).
Patients from across the United States come to Dr. Lim for help with TMD because he provides TMJ treatment without medication and he has extensive training and experience in treating TMJ pain. After running some detailed, non-invasive, and painless tests using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, Dr. Lim will share his findings with you and let you know which treatment he recommends to balance out your bite and take the strain off your TMJ.
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