TMJ Surgery Cost

TMJ Surgery Cost

How do I recognize TMJ?

TMJ Surgery Cost

How do I recognize TMJ?

TMJ Surgery Cost

How do I recognize TMJ?

The TMJ is a vital joint that is necessary for your mouth’s function. In scientific terms, the joint that controls the function of the jaw is known as the “temporomandibular joint.”

This joint allows you to open and close your mouth properly. Unfortunately, when the function of this joint is impaired, you are prone to suffering both physical pain and cosmetic issues.

Common symptoms

TMJ and the problems associated with the disorder are not uncommon. The most prominent symptoms are pain when opening and closing the mouth and/or hearing a grinding noise in the jaw joint.

The issue with TMJ is that finding the cause can be difficult, but it still necessary to find the source so that the disorder may be corrected. If you have tried simple solutions such as tooth restoration, oral splits, and/or teeth therapy with no avail, then TMJ surgery is necessary and some cases, it can be used to restore your jaw function to normal and also mitigate your pain.

The causes of TMJ are numerous. A few of the most common causes are arthritis, injury, or constant teeth grinding while sleeping. An additional cause that should invoke the most alarm and which requires surgery is an unbalanced bite. Getting surgery will realign you jaw with ease your pain and also give you a cosmetic improvement.

How will TMJ surgery benefit me?

Aside from easing your pain and cosmetically enhancing the alignment of your jaw, there are many other benefits that are great reasons as to why you should seriously consider surgery. In terms of physical relief and an enhanced daily routine, you will be able to enjoy easier biting and chewing, end excessive wear and tear of your teeth, and gain relief from sleep apnea.

TMJ surgery also has the added benefit of cosmetic enhancements. You will be able to improve facial imbalances such as a deficient chin, under-bite, over-bite, and cross-bite. In addition, facial symmetry to the middle and lower facial area will be restored.

The most significant cosmetic benefit however, is the improvement of your smile. If you are suffering from lips that do not fully close or that pull upward when you grin, or if you have a “toothless” smile that covers all of your teeth, TMJ surgery can correct these issues, giving you the smile that you deserve.

Because it is vital to treat serious cases of TMJ sooner than later, it is important to also consider using the right practitioner.

Dr. Polan, a TMJ dentist at Exceptional Dental, is an excellent choice. He has been practicing dentistry for a span of 25 years after receiving his dental degrees from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dentistry and the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

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.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

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.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Facial Pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Dr. Benjamin Polan faces off with TMJ facial pain in Beverly, MA

TMJ can cause facial pain

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint formed when your lower jaw bone fits into a shallow basin at the base of your temporal bone, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Many of us are aware that a misaligned TMJ can give us headaches, but it’s connection to the rest of the body can cause numerous other symptoms, especially pain around the facial area.

How is this facial pain caused?

Cranial nerve number seven (CN VII) is your Facial Nerve protruding from a tiny opening in the base of your skull located very near to the TMJ. It then sends branches to the muscles of your face that allow you to make different facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling and laughing. It also sends signals to the glands that form tears, your salivary glands, and the roof of your mouth and tongue.

Since CN VII also carries inward bound sensory information back to the brain, it carries pain signals, information about taste, and information about the position of your tongue and jaw back to the brain.

Dr. Benjamin Polan from Beverly, MA tells us the classic example of pain associated with the CN VII is Bell’s Palsy, in which infection by the Herpes Simplex virus causes inflammation of the facial nerve, which may lead to drooping eyelids, sagging jaw, loss of the sensation of taste and constant formation of tears on the affected side of the face. This may be accompanied by terrible pain if something even lightly touches the area.

Since the CN VII leaves the skull so near to the TMJ, problems with misalignment of the TMJ can lead to symptoms such as a terrible toothache or earache, or just general facial pain on one or both sides of the face. A TMJ dentist can help to diagnose your TMJ facial pain and take steps to correct the problem.

Treat the cause, not the symptoms

Dr. Benjamin Polan specializes in dental procedures for a variety of conditions in his office in Beverly, MA. His staff provide a warm, caring atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable and safe while being treated, and he has successfully treated many patients who experience facial pain due to underlying TMJ problems.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan