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What Causes TMJ Disorder?

September 15, 2014


If you are suffering from headaches or chronic migraines, a disorder of the jaw joint, or the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), may be the culprit. Dr. Robison offers comprehensive treatment and prevention therapy of TMJ disorders. He can evaluate your symptoms to determine if they are caused by a TMJ disorder. But what exactly causes a TMJ disorder in the first place?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Explained

Imagine the skull as two separate bone parts joined together by a network of joints and muscles. The lower part, or jaw, hinges upon the upper part of the skull through the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). When you open and close your mouth, the jaw bone rotates in its socket as your teeth part and then come back together. It’s at this point that things can go wrong.

When you bite down, your teeth are supposed to come into contact at the same time. However, for some people, their back teeth might come together before their front teeth. To avoid the pain that occurs when a bite is uneven, the brain and jaw muscles compensate. The jaw bone is pulled out of its socket to ensure that your teeth come together evenly. While you’re sleeping, this compensation causes clenching and grinding, and your jawbone stays out of its socket all night. These muscles eventually fatigue and your TMJ deteriorates leading to spasms and inflammation. You might also experience clicking and popping sounds and chronic aches and pains in the head, face and neck.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Early detection can prevent joint deterioration and get rid of the pain and discomfort it causes. Your dentist can customize a special orthotic plate for you to wear a night, which can stabilize the jaw joint relationship, alleviating the symptoms of TMJ disorder and preventing any further deterioration. If you suspect that your headaches and jaw discomfort symptoms could be caused by a TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Robison today to schedule a TMJ disorder consultation. Dr. Robinson proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI community, including Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

TMJ Headache Prevention from Robison Dental Group

July 25, 2012

If you have trouble with chronic headaches, you might be surprised to learn that your pain and your smile could be linked. The same is also true for patients who have problems chewing, or who experience frequent ear pain, dizziness, or clicking and popping in the jaw joint. All of these are symptoms of a problem known as TMJ dysfunction.

What Is TMJ Dysfunction?

TMJ dysfunction can be cause by a misaligned bite but it can also be caused by stressed. Whatever the exact cause is, the result is the same—painful symptoms that can make everyday life difficult.

That’s why Robison Dental Group offers TMJ headache prevention as a service. Using the latest in neuromuscular technology, we can diagnose your condition and design a personalized treatment that will help you neutralize your symptoms and take back your life again.

An oral appliance is one of the most effective solutions for treating headaches cause by TMJ dysfunction, but it’s not the only one. Our doctors will work closely with you to determine which method for treating TMJ headaches is the one that’s most right for you, with the result that you can finally face your life again.

Are you ready to take on your painful symptoms? Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison are ready to help. Call our Canton dental office today to schedule your consultation appointment. Our office gladly serves patients from Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.