TMJ Disorder Treatment Starts with Basic Lifestyle Modification

TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe pain or other discomfort associated with the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. These joints are very sophisticated and, in many cases, have pain or inflammation issues arise from seemingly mundane sources. Your dentist, Dr. Carl McMillan, often starts addressing TMJ disorder symptoms with basic lifestyle… Read more »

What is TMJ Disorder?

Do you ever experience tightness or tension in your jaw when you wake up? Do you ever suffer from mild irritation or extreme pain in your jaw? Do you have similar pain or discomfort in your throat or in your neck? If so, you could be suffering from TMJ disorder, which is often referred to… Read more »

TMJ Disorder Can Be from Multiple Sources

The temporomandibular joints hinging your jaw are sophisticated. They incorporate a cartilaginous disk and a concert of muscles and ligaments to enable you to bite, chew and grind food. The TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe an ache, pain, or general dysfunction in these joints. Identifying the primary cause of the problem… Read more »

What Causes TMJ Disorder

You probably know that the health of your mouth can actually affect your overall health. For example, you may have heard that gum disease can lead to issues such as gum disease, heart disease, or even lung disease. But did you know that issues in your mouth can also lead to issues such as frequent… Read more »

What Do You Know about TMJ and Its Effects?

What do you know about TMJ? Did you know that TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull? If this joint is damaged or not working properly, you may experience pain in your jaw, a clicking or popping sound, ear pain, headaches, and sore, stiff jaw muscles, These symptoms don’t necessarily mean… Read more »

Using a Nightguard to Treat TMJ and Chipped Teeth

Most adults that grind their teeth do so as a result of stress. Chronic night grinding can pose multiple threats to your mouth. The unnatural forces exerted by grinding your teeth can cause your bite pattern to meet improperly and result in chips on one or more teeth. Even if the chip doesn’t give you… Read more »

Nighttime Teeth Grinding Can Lead to TMJ

Are you finding your jaw sore in the morning after grinding your teeth at night? If this is something you are currently experiencing, it can pose a significant number of threats to your long-term oral health. The unnatural tension from constant teeth grinding can cause inflammation and soreness in the muscles and ligaments of your… Read more »

Treating TMJ Disorder

The joints that hinge your jaw are a somewhat complex system that allows them to perform the sophisticated movements of biting, chewing and grinding of your food thanks to a series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments working with the jaw. This also allows your lower jaw to slip and to apply grinding force. However, there are… Read more »

Understanding the Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Pain in the muscles and tissues that connect your lower jaw to your skull can be a symptom of a number of disorders called temporomandibular joint disorders, more commonly known as TMJ pain. Each of us has two temporomandibular joints, one on either side of our heads. Normally they function painlessly because everything is in… Read more »

Treatment Options for TMJ

If you have TMJ, something as simple as gum chewing can cause the following: pain in the joints of the jaw, clicking and popping of the jaw, or pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness, headaches or migraines, sore or stiff jaw muscles, and pain in your temple. So, what can you do? You can experience temporary relief by… Read more »