Consistent and increasing pain can have a severe impact on daily life. Normal or unexpected stress can also trigger increased symptoms and pain. Untreated, TMJ can lead to progressive oral health issues including periodontal diseases; chronic earaches and headaches; hearing loss; and tooth abrasion, sensitivity, fractures, caries, loss, and mobility.
One of the most common causes of TMJ is the misalignment of teeth, often called a “bad bite.” Other factors such as an imbalance between masticatory (chewing) closing and opening muscles, masseteric hypertrophy (swelling or enlargement of chewing musles) and an imbalance of facial outline (squaring of jawline, lack of proper alignment of boney structures, bone or tooth loose) can contribute to the progression of TMJ.
It is possible for Dr. Madderra to realign or adjust these imbalances without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.
Another important symptom to TMJ is the clenching and grinding of teeth (bruxism). Grinding will eventually erode the structure of teeth and lead to more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to be properly diagnosed. Treatment can sometimes be as simple as wearing a small customized mouthpiece at night or can be as advanced as using Thereaputic Botox® to relax facial, head, and neck muscles affected.
Even if past treatments haven’t been successful at relieving pain and discomfort, Dr. Madderra will work with you to put together a plan that will work for your specific symptoms and daily life.