TMJ Dysfunction – Functional Diagnostics

Located on the upper region of the jaw, the Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the skull with the jaw. These joints allow you to perform daily oral functions such as chewing and speaking.
At night the body processes the stress and psychological pressure of the day. Often this leads to teeth grinding which goes along with a much higher pressure load for your joints than normal chewing activities. TMJ is one of the major sources of pain and irritation by individuals. If you ae having chewing discomfort, joint lock, tooth pain, neck and shoulder discomfort and headaches, then you may a have a problem affecting TMJ.

Teeth grinding (Bruxism) – Symptoms and consequences

Bruxism appears by cracking Temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Face muscle tensions in the morning are also a sign for nightly grinding teeth. For the dentist cracks in the tooth, bleeding gums and worn out incisors are further indicators for the diagnostics bruxism.

If it is not treated bruxism can lead to loosing teeth.

TMJ Dysfunction – Functional Diagnostics

The high muscle tension while grinding your teeth is resulting in a temporomandibular joint overload, sometimes causing a Temporomandibular joint displacement. Prolonged TMJ dysfunction or even displacement can be responsible for several other affections such as headaches, vertigo or tinnitus. All these problems reduce life quality of affected patients.
Functional diagnostics and treatment help to eliminate pain and discomforts by using mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding or trying to relocate the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ).

Therapy with a Mouth guard (Occlusal Splint)

Primary treatment to prevent nightly bruxism is a mouth guard. This relieves the facial muscles by providing an equal compression load for the muscles and also is a protection for the tooth surface.
Accompanying therapies may be necessary in complex cases, this can be specialists in Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontists or Physiotherapists, working in a team to eliminate pain and discomforts of TMJ dysfunction. After the treatment you can resume daily activities and get back to enjoying a pain-free lifestyle.

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