TMJ Orthotics

TMJ Orthotics

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

TMJ Orthotics

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

Dr. Benjamin Polan helps fix your bite with TMJ orthotics in Beverly, MA

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

Everybody’s jaw and teeth have slightly different ways they fit together, and when the natural order for your jaw and teeth are just a tad off your mouth doesn’t work quite the way it should. Eventually, your jaw muscles begin to do work they weren’t designed to do, which involves attempting to bring your jaw back to its correct arrangement.

How does this imbalance happen?

Teeth that have been chipped or ground down from night grinding and a jaw out of alignment are common causes for TMJ disorders. Sometimes, the issues caused by bedtime teeth grinders can be resolved with a simple mouthguard. If necessary, a dentist can custom fit one of these mouthguards for you. In addition to relieving your TMJ disorder, this mouth-guard can also release some of the pressure put on your teeth and cut down on teeth grinding damage.

A misaligned jaw can often be fixed with a dental orthotic, which is basically a brace or a TMJ splint. A TMJ orthotic is worn over your bottom back teeth. Nobody can see these braces and they serve to prevent your jaw from overworking and help return it to a healthier function.

Another potential solution is teeth replacement. By using crowns or veneers, these chipped or missing places can be repaired by your dentist. In fact, if all your teeth are damaged, a dentist can also do a full mouth restoration. Not only will your dental damage be fixed, but you will also have a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.

Do any of these symptoms describe you?

As much as we might wish it wasn’t so, our aesthetics are more and more important in today’s day and age. Nobody wants to miss out on a date, or be turned down for a job for something like obvious dental shortcomings. Dr. Benjamin Polan is an experienced TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA who can help you achieve the smile you desire, whether it’s for aesthetic purposes or to get rid of that chronic TMJ pain.

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TMJ Diagnosis

TMJ Diagnosis

TMJ Diagnosis and treating TMJ disorders

TMJ Diagnosis

TMJ Diagnosis and treating TMJ disorders

Dr. Benjamin Polan does TMJ diagnosis in Beverly, MA

TMJ Diagnosis and treating TMJ disorders

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bones placed on the sides of your head. Movements of the temporomandibular joint are regulated by accompanying jaw muscles placed close by. There are various causes of TMJ disorder which cause numerous different pains and symptoms. Teeth grinding is a popular cause of TMJ disorders; it is a habitual act that slowly grinds down and dislocates ligaments that hold the joint together. A TMJ disorder can also appear after the joint is injured by impact, or for any reason that areas of neighboring jaw bones begin to erode and cause misalignment.

TMJ disorder diagnosis

Due to the numerous causes and symptoms of TMJ disorders, it would be ineffective to have a standard test to diagnose a patient with a TMJ disorder. Symptoms only determine if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder in the first place. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder include, but are not limited to:

  • Painful or painless clicking, grating and popping in the jaw joint
  • Changes in the alignment of the upper and lower teeth
  • Jaw muscle spasms
  • Jaw locking
  • Affected posturing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Limited jaw movement and stiffness
  • Jaw, face and neck pain

If you experience any of these symptoms, a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA begins to rule out other conditions to determine if a TMJ disorder is the culprit for your suffering. Once it has been determined that you have a TMJ disorder, there are various treatments ranging from preventative actions to surgery.

Simple Treatments

In the beginning, your dentist is likely to recommend that you take preventative actions such as avoiding gum chewing, wide yawning and eating soft foods to avoid the potentially temporary discomfort of a TMJ disorder. Along with preventative measures, simple actions such as applying ice packs to the jawline and the use of over-the-counter inflammatory pain medicines also help with TMJ disorder comfort.

Relaxation and jaw stretching techniques can also be added to your pain relief regiment. Reduction of stress lessens tension in the jawline, and employing stretching techniques allow for wider jaw movements without experiencing pain.

Appliance Treatments

Stabilization sprints are often used for TMJ disorder treatments. They are used to prevent teeth grinding and offer pain relief from jaw clenching, especially at night. These mechanisms, often called night splints, are effective, but are not designed to change your bite. When a permanent change in your bite is required, orthodontic braces can be employed to permanently rearrange your bite. Braces are placed on your teeth for up to 24 months to gradually change your bite to prevent TMJ disorder pain.

Cosmetic Treatments

At times, the uneven shape of your teeth or gaps in your jawline due to lost teeth are the key reasons for jaw misalignment. Crowns and dental veneers balance the shape of your teeth if they have been damaged by teeth grinding, cavities, old crowns or injury.

Implants and bridges replace any missing teeth that cause bite rearrangement. Use of these cosmetic treatments correct uneven teeth and place your jawline back in sync. Once your jawline is stabilized, your TMJ disorders are reduced significantly or eliminated.

Surgery

Surgery is the last resort for TMJ disorder relief, and is only used when a patient is suffering from severe pain or lockjaw that is unresponsive to prior treatment. The following surgeries are the most common for TMJ disorders:

  • Arthrocentesis- The simplest form of surgery. A procedure that injects a saline and steroid formula into the jawline to unstick cartilage.
  • TMJ microsurgery- A more advanced surgery that repairs the temporomandibular joint through a small incision in the ear.
  • Open surgery- A more open incision is used near the ear to remove a larger amount of damaged cartilage near the temporomandibular joint.

It is best to visit a TMJ dentist as soon as you notice any changes in your bite and feel any discomfort in your jawline. Thankfully, the craft-work of jaw muscles and joints are complex and often used so discomfort is quickly noticeable to notify you of any malfunction. An experienced TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan deals with TMJ disorders by helping you understand every step of the process, avoiding complicated issues and unnecessary discomfort.

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TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

Is neck pain related to TMJ? Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA has the answer

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder, called TMJ, negatively affects one of the most important joints in the body. The jaw can have some surprising and severe effects on the surrounding areas of the face, neck and can worsen drastically overtime if left untreated.

Causes of TMJ

There are numerous causes of TMJ, but most commonly they are related to whiplash neck injuries, jaw injuries, or severe grinding of teeth – possibly due to stress or simple genetics. Other potential causes of TMJ include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which can affect the health of the temporomandibular joint as well as other joints in the body. Whatever the case, TMJ isn’t something you want worsening, so make sure to see a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA.

How surrounding muscles are affected

When the temporomandibular joint is misaligned, injured or compromised in any other way, you may require extra effort to chew, talk or even yawn. Since the jaw muscles are capable of only so much effort, other muscles of the face, neck and even shoulders must be recruited to make up for the difference in strength required. Of course, even though these muscles are connected to the jawbone, they aren’t really designed for this task. Over time, it can become very painful and exhausting for these muscles to compensate in this way, just as a hip may become painful when a person is limping to compensate for a bad knee.

How TMJ neck pain is diagnosed

Usually the pain of TMJ leads a patient to a doctor to rule out other disorders that have the same symptoms. If other causes have been ruled out, such as sinus problems or gum disease, a dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the patient’s jaw.

If several of the symptoms have been occurring for a significant amount of time along with limited movement or clicking of the jaw, and the symptoms are severe enough to be a problem for the patient, effective treatment options will be recommended. TMJ neck pain can be a very distressing part of daily life and should never be taken lightly. For those who are searching for an experienced TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA, Dr. Benjamin Polan has a warm, friendly and caring staff that can help with all of its associated symptoms.

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TMJ Ear Pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

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TMJ ear pain

TMJ disorders can cause pain in the ears as well as pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders. It’s comforting for most patients to learn that TMJ ear pain is very treatable. A conversation with an expert TMJ dentist can help to establish the exact cause of this pain as TMJ causes vary from patient to patient, and choose the best course of action to relieve the discomfort and achieve eventuac l recovery.

How the ear is connected to the jaw

Ears are dynamic organs, they’re controlled by muscles just like the rest of the face. One way to demonstrate this is to place your finger firmly inside of your ear and then widely open and close your jaw. Do you feel the movement? When one is on an airplane and an uncomfortable level of pressure builds up inside the ears’ eustachian tubes, passengers often reach for a stick of gum. This is because the act of moving the jaw muscles can help relieve the ear pressure build-up.

How TMJ disorders lead to ear pain

Because the temporomandibular joint is very closely connected to the muscles that control the ears, a misalignment or malfunction puts pressure on the muscles that both surround and control the ears and in turn can place excess pressure on the ear’s nerves. Also, the pain of TMJ disorder is sometimes transferred directly to the ears as opposed to its origin point in the jaw.

Finding the unique cause of your pain will help to determine which course of treatment will be used, so a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA will conduct a very thorough patient history and physical examination to discover the underlying problems.

Symptoms of TMJ ear pain

Here are some listed symptoms potentially caused by TMJ:

  • Sharp shooting pain in ear
  • Dull aching pain in ear
  • Feeling of fullness in the eustachian tubes, similar to the discomfort of ears popping
  • Pain in ears when chewing
  • Pain in ears when speaking
  • Ringing or other unusual noises in ears

How your TMJ dentist can help

Once the cause of your specific TMJ ear pain is discovered, your dentist can offer many different options for treatment which can sometimes require nothing more than hot and cold compresses, muscle relaxants or pain relievers. A specially designed night-guard designed to prevent tooth-grinding may also provide substantial relief. In extreme cases surgery may help as well, but should be considered last after all other treatment options have failed.

Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA specializes in neuromuscular dentistry and the treatment of TMJ ear pain. His experienced and friendly staff will explain the possible causes of your pain and work with you to decide the best course of action for your unique situation and guide you on your journey to recovery.

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TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ can cause jaw pain

TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ can cause jaw pain

Jaw pain? Seek out Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA for more info on TMJ

TMJ can cause jaw pain

Among many other symptoms, consistent jaw pain is the most common sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ. If you have jaw joint pain, it is important that you see a TMJ dentist such as Dr. benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA who specializes in the treatment for the disorder and it’s symptoms.

About TMJ disorder

The TMJ are the two joints that hold your lower jaw to your skull bone, one on each side. These joints allow your lower jaw to move up and down and side to side. Without those joints working as they are intended, you will find it difficult and painful to eat all but the softest foods. Sometimes, people with TMJ even have trouble opening their jaws widely enough to speak clearly. Being connected to various parts of the face and body, TMJ can cause other symptoms such as neck pain, teeth grinding, headaches & migraines, and many more.

Causes of TMJ disorder

TMJ can be caused by several disorders, injuries or inflammations:

  • You may have sustained an injury to your joints in an accident, fight or fall.
  • If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you probably have or soon will have a TMJ disorder. This is a very common reason and can be caused by jaw misalignment; a tooth that is higher than other teeth nearby; or, even simple stress expressed during sleep.
  • You may have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the joints.
  • There may be a dislocation of the discs inside the joints.
  • The disorder can also easily be caused by a daylong habit of walking around with a clenched jaw.

TMJ jaw pain relief

Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is trained to help patients with TMJ jaw pain using several methods:

  • Something as simple as cold or hot compresses will be able to relax clenched jaw muscles and relieve pain.
  • Prescriptions for pain relievers and muscle relaxers.
  • An examination may reveal teeth whose upper surfaces are not even with other teeth. Lowering the profile of the tooth or teeth and perhaps fitting them with crowns can help TMJ pain.
  • Physical therapy can help achieve a wider range of motion.
  • A mouth guard worn at night can help prevent grinding of teeth. The guard will also protect the enamel and tooth structure.
  • As a last resort, for severe cases, oral surgery may be necessary.

Relief from chronic jaw pain caused by TMJ is achievable! To begin your journey toward freedom from jaw joint pain, call the offices of Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA and book a consultation.

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