November is TMJ Awareness Month

added on: November 26, 2018
man with jaw pain

Do you experience throbbing tension headaches? What about unexplained soreness in your neck and shoulders? Have normal activities like chewing or speaking become painful? You may be experiencing the painful effects of TMJ disorder, an excruciating ailment that affects millions of Americans, especially women between the ages of 25 and 55.

TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, is often overlooked during medical exams and could even be misdiagnosed. Dr. Korolewski and your Sheboygan dental office can help you identify and treat the cause of your pain rather than just the symptoms.

November is TMJ Awareness Month, a national movement to help sufferers understand this ailment and how to find relief. Continue reading to learn what TMJ disorder is and what you can do to help relieve or eliminate the painful symptoms.

What is TMJ disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint where your jaw connects to your skull. It functions as a sliding hinge to keep the movement of your jaw nice and smooth while avoiding collision with the bones in your skull. TMJ disorders (TMD) can occur if the joint cartilage is inflamed, erodes, or becomes misaligned due to an unstable bite or injury.

How severe is TMJ disorder?

TMD is not to be taken lightly. Any dysfunction of the TMJ joint could produce the following painful symptoms:

  • A locking jaw, making it difficult to open and close the mouth
  • Tenderness and pain in the jaw
  • Pain in or around your ears
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain or stiffness

There could be multiple causes of TMD, including:

  • Stress or injury
  • A misaligned bite
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Teeth grinding
  • Arthritis or degenerative bone defects
  • Poor posture (For example: Holding your head forward all day while staring at the computer)

What can you do to relieve TMJ pain?

If you have been experiencing some or all of these symptoms and still haven’t found a permanent solution, do not despair! Dr. Korolewski can offer a fresh approach to treating the root cause—not just your symptoms.

BioRejuvenation dentistry is a biology-based approach to TMJ treatment. Based on extensive scientific research and observation of the human chewing system, BioRejuvenation dentistry is a comprehensive process that restores health by ensuring:

  • Jaw joints are stable
  • Muscles are relaxed
  • Teeth are not worn down

Patients who undergo BioRejuvenation dentistry enjoy:

  • Excellent esthetics
  • Improved function
  • Comfort
  • Long-lasting dental health

While BioRejuvenation dentistry has been around for many years, practicing it with minimally invasive dentistry techniques is a fairly recent addition and that makes it groundbreaking.  It also means that the information available on it is only offered by a select few who are pioneers in the field.

Dentists that practice BioRejuvenation dentistry aren’t necessarily just treating symptoms but are diagnosing the chewing system as a whole. It is about restoring teeth to their original shape and function to give better results. Esthetics, overall functionality, and long-term improved oral health are all goals of BioRejuvenation dentistry.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from TMJ, give our Sheboygan dental office a call to schedule a consultation.

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