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  • Mar 16

    Wilkes developed a classification system to categorize the symptoms of TMJ as the condition progresses over if not treated effectively.  This system is used by doctors to evaluate the use of surgical measures in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder. As the condition progresses, the use of surgical remedies become more prevalent.

    Wilkes stage I – Here the condition is characterized by painless clicking. There is no restricted motion and through imaging a slight forward displacement of the disc can be seen.

    Stage II – The condition has progressed to occational painful clicking. There is intermitent locking of the jaw and  headaches.  The jaw is displaced and slightly forwar. This is the beginning deformity and there is a slight thickening of the posterior edge.

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    Stage III – Frequent pain is experienced along with joint tenderness, headaches, jaw locking, and restricted motion.  It is also painful when chewing.  Anterior disc displacement of the jaw with significant deformity or prolapse of disc also appears.

    Stage IV – Here the condition has progressed to chronic pain with frequent headaches and restricted motion. This is an increase in severity from previous Stage III with clearly moderate degenerative changes. This is characterized by flattening of the eminence, deformed condylar head, and sclerosis.

    Statge V – The most sever stage of TMJ where variable pain, joint crepitus, and painful function previal. Disc performation, filling defects, gross anatomic deformity of disc and hard tissues accompanied by degenerative arthritic changes are experienced.

    Advice on TMJ

    Hi everyone, As I mentioned in previous posts, I have two displaced discs. The Radiologist’s report which I received identified Wilkes stages 2 and 3 for my left and right discs respectively.

  • Mar 10

    If you live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, there are several TMJ dentists and TMJ treatment centers that you can choose from.

    In Victoria, BC dentist Dr. David Babin and his dental team are trained in the identification of temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms and can provide Vancouver Island residents with dental treatments that will alleviate the pain from this condition.

    Roper Aethestic Dentistry in Campbell River identifies the source of your misaligned bite and then designs a personal therapy program in order to alleviate the TMJ symptoms and restore a healthy biteto his clients.

    At Downtown Dental in Vancouver, the staff suspects that most facial pain and headaches are muscular in nature. It has been discovered that most headache sufferers clench and grind their teeth at nighttime while they are sleeping. Dr. Drance was the first in Vancouver to use the elegant and small NTI device that has been successful in eliminating many people’s suffering.  This office has been able to help about 80% of those clients who suffer from migraine headaches, which are difficult to treat, by reducing the symptoms. Dr. Drance has been interviewed about his use of this NTI device on Canada AM.

    Oceanside Dental Spa in Campbell uses a series of non-invasive tests involving measurements of the jaw muscles when in motion and at rest, computerized jaw tracking.  This heps the staff determine the optimal and most comfortable position of the jaw, and confirm whether or not the bite is a contributing factor to pain.

  • Mar 6

    This article aims to discuss a commonly used therapy for TMJ, known as a mouth guard to examine its benefits, effects, disadvantages for various types of TMJ patients. A mouth guard may initially sound like a good idea. That’s for a good reason, as it does actually work to some extent. It however, represents a sort of temporary solution rather than a permanent ones. This is because in TMJ, patients usually have an underlying problem in their joints such as weakness or damage and a mouth guard can’t fix that. It can simply alleviate pain and make the patient feel better for some time.

    Some patients of TMJ have what is considered as a stress associated form. This might as well be called a faux type of TMJ since there is no underlying condition in the joints themselves. Simply put, when a person is stressed, one of the commonest and almost subconscious actions would be to clench their jaws. A stressful lifestyle will then eventually result in sore muscles around the jaw and a certain amount of pain, which the mouth guard in addition to stress relief techniques, could cure. However, a mouth guard has its disadvantages. It acts by keeping the mouth open all through the night which may lead to an increase in bacterial infection and condition such as gum disease or gingivitis in the long run.

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    A great many of TMJ patients have conditions causing weakness of the joints themselves, as mentioned before. This weakness may result due to a familial factor or due to a previous history of trauma. A mouth guard wouldn’t be of much benefit in such causes, but it may in fact worsen these conditions by further weakening the joints by the nature of its action. It may cause a transient improvement of symptoms but as time goes by, the pain is likely to recur and be even worse than before. For these types of patients, TMJ specific exercises are the best choice, as they do not only relieve symptoms but they strengthen the joints and therefore attack the root of the problem leading to a permanent cure.

    Author: Katherine Page

    Katherine Page is the author of the TMJ Help Program, a TMJ cure to treat TMJ with simple exercises. Please visit to learn more about the TMJ Help Program.

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    Grinding Teeth Mouth Guard

    A store bought mouth guard is not necessarily a good idea for someone suffering from TMJ disorder. TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, an area of the jaw that can cause great pain and discomfort in the face if there is a  problem.

    Nighttime Mouth Guard Warning

    I wanted to use an over-the-counter mouth guard for some relief until I see the specialist, but the package warns not to use if you have TMJ or jaw clicking associated with TMJ. Any ideas as to why?

    Dental Mouth Guard

    There are two appropriate ways where a dental mouth guard can be properly used. One is to prevent injury to the teeth from participation in sporting events. The other is to prevent grinding of the teeth during sleep or even during the day.

  • Mar 2

    In order to treat bite related problems orthodontists use appliances, the removal or ultimately surgery to fix the way to teeth or the jaw is aligned. The appliances that are used during an orthodontic treatment may be functional or fixed, before using one or the other an orthodontist will perform an evaluation which will help them determine which treatment is best to correct a specific malocclusion problem. Today we’re going to describe the characteristics of the appliances that use in order to successfully treat malocclusion.

    — Functional appliances

    This type of orthodontic tools relies on the forces that are produced by the muscles which help us speak, eat or swallow. By redirecting these forces functional appliances are able to realign the jaw and teeth which have to be repositioned; some of these appliances are removable, others are fixed or bonded to the teeth and others may span across the mouth to leverage the position of the molars to realign the jaw.

    — Fixed appliances

    As the name implies these are a set of wires or brackets are directly attached to the teeth in order to correct their position, the most common form of a fixed appliance is referred to as dental braces. These tools work over a set period of time in which he appliance needs to be readjusted to balance of forces that will correct the position of misaligned teeth, this process is also referred to as bone remodeling.

    Another good example of the type of orthodontic appliances which are used to prevent teeth from moving back out of their position is called the retainer. The difference between braces and retainers is that braces are used in order to correct and realign the position of the oral structure; retainers on the other hand are used to keep the teeth on the same position after the braces have been removed, dental retainers can be removed and are not as noticeable as braces, they can also be placed on the back of the teeth to make it nearly impossible for someone to tell that you’re wearing retainers.

    Recent orthodontic tools have been developed in order to get the best from braces and retainers, one of the appliances is referred to as Invisalign, these are virtually invisible braces that can be used to realign teeth without going through the social discomfort that traditional braces may provide, especially in adults.

    Author: Robert Melkonyan is an expert source which offers information about Invisalign Leeds and also offers useful references about dentists in Leeds, visit our website to learn more.

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    TMJ Appliances

    A flat plane full coverage oral appliance, non-repositioning, often is helpful to control bruxism and take stress off the temporomandibular joint. Early and appropriate treatment of a TMJ / TMD may avoid the progression to a chronic pain state.

    Using a TMJ Appliance

    In 80% of circumstances, you’ll need an appliance (from the dentist) and it will need at least 2 adjustments over the initial 2-3 weeks, if it the therapy is working correctly. If the appliance is uncomfortable it needs adjusting.

  • Mar 2

    If you are suffering from TMJ, one possible treatment option for TMJ is the use of a TMJ splint which is covered in this article.

    What Is A TMJ Splint?

    A TMJ splint is sometimes called a TMJ appliance or TMJ mouth guard. While these sound good in theory, well over half of the wearers of these splints, feel no pain relief. Some even feel worse!

    This is because of the many different causes of TMJ. It’s still sort of a mystery of what causes TMJ, and how to cure TMJ. In most cases, if you have TMJ because of a trauma to the face, these splints will do no good.

    Furthermore, many TMJ sufferers have crooked bites. This was my case too. Because you have a crooked bite, your jaw doesn’t open or close properly, causing weakening of the TM joint and muscle spasms and pain. Using a TMJ splint doesn’t fix the cause! The cause is the crooked bite, the pain is the effect. Using a splint only holds the mouth open for long periods of time bringing some pain relief. This is like using a band-aid on a compound leg fracture.

    For those folks that have arthritis in that join because of long term TMJ, then a TMJ splint will only worsen the effects and cause even more pain. What will happen over the long term is that it will become painful to close your mouth! Imagine walking around all day with your mouth half open.

    While these TMJ splints provide some relief, I think they are hurting more than they are helping. After using one myself, it only provides temporary relief and doesn’t fix the CAUSE of TMJ. Fix the cause of TMJ and your pain will go away for good.

    Author: David E. Miller

    Do you ever lay awake in bed at night because of your TMJ pain? I remember just wanting my wife to shoot me because nothing I did would stop the constant pain. It even hurts to chew food! Luckily, I found a few things that relieve the pain, and can actually reverse the damage to the TMJ joint. Visit my site for pain relieving exercises and get your life back!

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    Using TMJ Splints

    Using a TMJ splint, which is commonly a custom acrylic appliance, fits over your upper teeth and directs your lower jaw to rest in a more favorable position allowing your system to recover to a healthier condition.

    TMJ Proprioceptive Occlusal Splints

    This handout provides a great reference for mandibular and maxillary splints and the benefits of both. We have now added discussion regarding permissive and directive splints and the considerations that need to take place before usingthe device.

    Treatment of TMJ

    Anti-inflammatory medicines and oral splints to prevent teeth clenching and grinding can also be prescribed by doctors.

  • Mar 2

    In some instances, TMJ can be caused by extreme trauma to the neck area, such as a whiplash as a result of a car accident.  In these situations,  a specialist like a chiropractor may provide the best treatment for TMJ.

    Chiropractic care is most often thought of as something individuals seek when they are suffering from back pain. But it can also help with a variety of other problems, such as Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ). So the answer is YES, chiropractors can fix TMJ.

    The ability to speak, chew and swallow or even yawn is a result of the jaw acting as a hinge to connect the mandible with the skull. This joint is one of the most commonly used joints in the body.

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    TMJ occurs when the disc becomes displaced or when the surrounding muscles and tendons become inflamed. The results are:

    • Pain and tenderness around the joint directly in front of your ear
    • The opening and closing of the mouth will become difficult or painful
    • A grinding or crunching sound when an individual opens or closes their mouth

    People with TMJ can also have earaches, headaches, dizziness, and muffled hearing.

    A chiropractor can help with treating TMJ in two ways:

    1. Providing Chiropractic Adjustments to the upper neck or jaw.
    2. Recommending exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help speed recovery and prevent a relapse

    Chiropractic treatment is very effective for patients with TMJ. Before treatment a Chiropractor will perform a full spinal analysis focusing on the upper neck and evaluating the jaw joint. Treatment plans will include chiropractic adjustments of the upper neck and/or jaw area. Depending on severity, patients may see immediate relief or will need a series of adjustments over time to see relief. Usually, the longer one waits to see a chiropractor for treatment, the longer the recovery time.

    Chiropractors are concerned with not only treating patients until their pain dissipates, but also assuring their problems are permanently eliminated.

    What are some of the philosophical elements associated with chiropractic care? Among them:

    • Naturalism
    • Rationalism
    • Holism

    Chiropractic care focuses on the total human body, in the belief that it is inter-related with both the environment and individuals’ lifestyles.

    In many cases, chiropractic care is proven to be more effective than drugs and medicines. Not only is it more effective, it helps patients through care that is gentler, cheaper, and does not include the potential for negative results later.

    Chiropractors can recommend certain pain relieving exercises that help relax jaw muscles and relieve stress. Meditation and massage are some of the other methodologies adopted by the chiropractor to treat their patients.

    Since chiropractic care is effective with disorders which are mechanical in nature it is very effective with TMJ. Not only is chiropractic effective, it is preferable when other options are more closely examined. For example, most people suffering from pain believe medication will provide quick relief for their problems. This is true, but medications only provide temporary pain relief and do not eliminate the cause. Medications may also result in harmful side-effects.

    Surgery is another option for TMJ. But surgery can be costly, demand time away from work and other activities during recovery, and it can be dangerous.

    Author: Hans Freericks

    Dr. Hans Freericks is a Fremont Chiropractor He specializes in gentle chiropractic care that is safe and natural. Most importantly, his treatments work to relieve your pain. Dr. Hans owns and maintains Stop by to read new articles on pain-free living today. You can also call Dr. Hans at 510-797-4796.

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    Chiropractor for TMJ?

    Your chiropractor will take a health history, do an examination of the nerves that most commonly cause TMJ and examine your spine to see if those nerves are impinged by misaligned vertebrae.

    Treat TMJ 

    But there are potential solutions to the anguish of TMJ pain, and evidence suggests chiropractic may provide the best option. A recent study revealed that chiropractic treatment using a specific adjusting instrument eased patients’ pain.

    A Chiropractor Can Treat TMJ

    Treatment plans will include chiropractic adjustments of the upper neck and/or jaw area. Depending on severity, patients may see immediate relief or will need a series of adjustments over time to see relief.