There is a relationship between occlusion, upper airway, head posture, TMJ and disorders of sleep. The teeth, tongue, muscles and joints are all involved.
Headache, facial pain, ear pain or jaw pain could be coming from your jaw joints, bite or muscles of your head and face. The following symptoms affect women (most often), men and children of all ages.
- Ear pain, stuffy ears, ringing
- Face pain
- Neck Stiffness or pain
- Tired jaws
- Limited jaw opening
- Jaw Locking
- Clicking or popping sounds in joints
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty bringing teeth together
- Swallowing difficulty
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There can be many situations that cause TMJ Disorder and often it is multifactorial (many causes combined). Direct injury to the jaw or years of micro injury (grinding teeth, jaw position, improper breathing) are often noted causes.
Our office performs a comprehensive evaluation of your existing condition, including an extensive health history. Often, x-rays or other tests are ordered so a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan developed. We have a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment and because TMJ disorders are multifactorial, Dr. Hakim may often consult with your physician or other health professionals such as ENT, chiropractors, neurologist, sleep physicians, etc..to achieve maximum results.
Once a diagnosis of your condition is made, Dr. Hakim will recommend treatment to reduce symptoms and restore orthopedic function to your jaws. Treatment may include custom fabricated TMJ orthotics, physical therapy (cold laser), nutrition counseling, stress management, jaw exercises or referral.