What is TMJ Disorder? Polk City Dentist Explains

TMJ PainMore than 15% of the American population suffers from a condition called, temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ disorder). This degenerative jaw dysfunction causes patients to experience extreme pain in the head, neck, jaw joint, and the surrounding tissues.

While almost every dentist is familiar with this unfortunate condition, not every patient has a detailed understanding of TMJ disorder—at Cornerstone Dentistry we mean to change that.

Dr. Ryan Hussong, your Polk City dentist, shares his knowledge of TMJ disorder, with his patients, in following article.

TMJ Disorder: The Basics

As mentioned above, TMJ disorder is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the surrounding, supporting muscles. These TMJ muscles have the tendency to spasm and contract, which causes patients to endure great amounts of pain throughout their faces alongside their shoulders and back.

Typically, this jaw dysfunction stems from two main issues: teeth grinding or clenching habits or malocclusions. Patients who persistently grind their teeth place an excessive amount of pressure upon the jaw by locking the joint in one position for an extended period of time. While this habit oftentimes occurs while a person sleeps, some patients continue teeth grinding during the day, too.

For patients who have bite issues their TMJ disorder development is attributed to a malocclusion. In other words, due to the way their teeth fit together, the jaw must work twice as hard to make the mouth functional; thus, serving as the catalyst for TMJ disorder.

Symptoms that Indicate TMJ Disorder

A series of symptoms provide a telltale indication of TMJ disorder. Sufferers usually have one or more of these symptoms on a daily basis. Should any of the following ailments plague your jaw rather frequently, make sure to visit your Polk City dentist. With the help of Dr. Hussong, you can begin to feel relief from your TMJ disorder.

  • Persistent pain mainly in the head, neck, ears, jaw, shoulders, and back
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Popping or clicking sound in the jaw joint when the mouth is either opening or closing
  • Toothaches that don’t seem to have a cause
  • Vertigo or numbness in the fingers and toes

Cornerstone Dentistry Treats TMJ Disorder Sufferers

For patients who suffer with TMJ disorder, take care to visit Dr. Hussong. He can examine your jaw joint and the surrounding tissues to develop an appropriate treatment regimen for you. To schedule an appointment with our Polk City dental practice, call us at (515) 984 – 6001. Also, visit our website for services, patient information, and to read more about our team. We gladly welcome patients from Crocker, Andrews, Alleman, Gibbsville, Granger, and the surrounding cities.