JAW / TMJ PROBLEMS
The term TMJ refers to a variety of conditions that affect the TMJ, the hinge that connects the jaw and the muscles one uses to chew. While usually temporary and recurring, these conditions can be painful. Dr. Koutsioukis has treatments available that may give you relief from TMJ symptoms.
What does TMJ stand for?
TMJ literally refers to the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which are the hinges that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The numerous disorders associated with the TMJ muscles are often referred to “TMJ” or as “TMD” (TMJ Disorders). TMD is not just one condition, but a group of painful disorders that affect the TMJ and the muscles one uses to chew.
What is TMD or TMJ Disorder?
TMD is not just one condition, but a group of painful disorders that affect the TMJs and the muscles one uses to chew. It affects more women than men, and is usually temporary or occasional, but a small percentage of sufferers have serious chronic problems.
Do I have a TMJ Disorder?
The following are symptoms of TMJ Disorders. Not everyone experiences all of these problems. If you experience some of them, speak to Dr. Koutsioukis and have him perform a thorough examination.
What causes TMJ Disorders?
TMJ is not completely understood by the medical community, so research on causes and treatments continues. Some contributing factors may include:
How can TMJ problems be treated?
Make sure to first discuss all your symptoms with Dr. Koutsioukis and get a thorough examination. He will want to rule out other dental possibilities for your symptoms. There are a number of treatments available, ranging from simple and gentle to the more aggressive and permanent. It is best to make simple adjustments first, like eating soft foods, and not chewing gum, and consider more complex or permanent solutions only if necessary. Discuss available options with us.
Simple techniques you can try on your own:
Medical solutions to discuss with us: