Clenching and grinding teeth are major symptoms of TMJ. Both put undue pressure on the teeth and gum.
With leading edge measuring technology, Dr. Mingus can determine the precise placement and alignment of your jaws for ideal function. In this position, jaws will function naturally and pain-free. If the jaw is fully grown, this process includes detailed measurement and the incremental moving of the jaw into proper alignment using an orthotic appliance and eventually orthodontics to move the teeth to support the jaw’s proper alignment. When a jaw is underdeveloped, Facial Growth treatment can stimulate the jaw to grow to its full size and Dr. Mingus can guide that growth to reposition the jaw. Once the ideal placement has been determined that the jaw is grown to full potential, orthodontic treatment moves the teeth into position to support the properly aligned jaws. Doing this puts the jaw into a naturally functioning, pain-free state, eliminating the TMJ Disorder. The entire treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical.
TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a wide-spread and misunderstood disease. Symptoms of TMJD manifest in many different ways, most commonly in chronic pain such as jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, migraine headache and neck or facial pain. The TMJ joint is at the center of a complex system of nerves and muscles and when it becomes aligned, pain is not always localized in the jaw joint. Because it is misunderstood and the symptoms vary, many people never seek out the correct treatment to cure their TMJD. TMJD is a misalignment of the TMJ joint and Dr. Mingus uses the latest in non-invasive dental treatments to realign the jaw and alleviate the pain and symptoms.
Common TMJD Symptoms
- TMJ popping and clicking
- TMJ pain
- Pain in the muscles of the face, head and neck
- Ear congestion
- Ringing of the ears
- Clenching and grinding
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Postural problems
While TMJD can be caused by trauma, it is also frequently the result of an underdeveloped jaw. Commonly, our modern diet, lifestyle and environment contribute to the jaw bone not growing to its full size. One of the many consequences of an underdeveloped jaw is undue and uneven stress being placed on the structure and joints of the mouth and jaw. Thus, over time, those stresses inflame and irritate the jaw joint, resulting in long-term TMJ Disorder.