TMJ Pain/Dysfunction

TMJ Pain/Dysfunction

Did you know that over 15% of adults in this country suffer from chronic facial pain. Over the last 15 years I have noticed that 50% to 60% of adults in my practice exhibit signs or symptoms of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) or more accurately TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Any kind of headaches (migraine, cluster, stress)
  • Clicking or popping of the TMJ (jaw joint)
  • Pain or locking of the TMJ
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Stuffiness in the ears
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Limited mouth openingproper bite I
  • Uncomfortable bite
  • Teeth shifting position
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Clenching/grinding of the teeth
  • Cold or hot sensitivity of the teeth
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Deep pain behind the eyes

There are many causes of TMJ dysfunction; trauma to the chin, jaw or TMJ, whiplash injuries, moving back teeth, poor bite or tooth alignment, night grinding (bruxism), daytime clenching, chewing gum, arthritis, stress or improperly designed dental treatment that throws off the proper bite alignment. Given Dr. Bloom’s advanced training in this area he is considered a master and specialist in this field. In most cases patients are treated without medications, or invasive treatment. We prefer to start with bite splint therapy, where you will wear a simple, yet custom designed mouth appliance while sleeping for the express purpose of preventing the damage from clenching and grinding. Your bite splint will be adjusted and balanced until we achieve the perfect harmony in your bite—most of our patients find once they sleep with it they won’t ever give it up, they sleep sounder, and wake more rested.

For over 23 years, Dr. Bloom has successfully treated headache pain and related discomfort in the TMJ’s, facial muscles and tooth pain.

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