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Office blog

December 2011

TMD (2)

What causes TMJ dysfunction?

We are all exposed to stresses in our environment.
Let us call these external stresses. A typical reaction to these stresses is muscle contraction: tight shoulders and neck, bail­ed fists, and clenched jaws. If the jaws are habitually clenched, due to a lot of stress, anxiety, and/or frustrations, and if the teeth do not support the jaws properly, then the jaw joints become jammed and overclosed, causing damage to the joints. This may oc­cur with totally natural teeth, (even in teenagers), with partially natural plus some false teeth; with full dentures.

TMD (1)

TMD (TMJ disorder) is a series of signs and symptoms associated with the Temporal mandibular joints, which include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw joint pain
  • Jaw joint noise or clicking
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Ear congestion
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loose teeth
  • Clenching or grinding
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Neck pain
  • Postural problems
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Hot & cold sensitivity of teeth
  • Nervousness or insomnia

TMJ disorders and their associated pain consequences are being recognized more and more by the prevention-oriented health care providers.

Dental Treatment during pregancy

Every day, dentists across the country decide whether or not to provide dental care to a patient who is pregnant. On the one hand, they realize the patient needs to maintain her good oral health, especially if she has periodontal disease. On the other hand, dentists traditionally have lacked the scientific evidence to make informed decisions about the possible effects of dental care, if any, to the developing child. The lack of data has caused many dentists to err strongly on the side of caution, especially during the second trimester when the child's development accelerates and, in theory, exposure to infectious oral bacteria or dental products could have adverse effects.