Advanced TMJ Treatment
The abbreviation “TMJ” stands for each of the 2 matching “hinges”, called temporomandibular joints, situated on each side of your head. They connect your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull, right in front of your ears.
The TM joints are the busiest joints in your body. They work all day helping you open and close your mouth as you eat, speak, sign, yawn, etc. If you grind your teeth, they also work the night shift.
An unstable bite, injuries, missing or excessively worn teeth, crowding, and other conditions may disrupt the proper function of the jaw, and the muscles used to move it. That dysfunction may cause a series of problems with your TMJ called temporomandibular disorders or TMD.
In addition to pain or soreness in your head, face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, feeling that your bite is “off”, grinding/ clenching habits, excessive tooth wear and fractures, gum recession, facial swelling, muscle fatigue/ spasms, trouble chewing, clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joints, and joints that lock, severely limiting the range of motion, sore teeth, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) may all be related to TMD.
How Do We Stop TMJ Symptoms?
There are many ways to treat TMJ Problems. What makes Dr. Hakim’s approach not only unique, but also successful and stable is to address each problem at the source.
Eating soft food; applying moist heat/ cold packs; nerve and muscle stimulation; biofeedback and physical therapy; exercise; medication and wearing a mouthguard will treat and help alleviate the symptoms temporarily.
With his approach of diagnosing and treating the source of the problems, rather than the symptoms, Dr. Hakim has been able to achieve permanent solutions for thousands of people who had previously gotten temporary relief at best.
Don’t put up with the pain. Call today for an evaluation.