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What is TMJ?


TMJ has been talked about a lot more over the past decade or so, but what is TMJ? It is a disorder that involves the temporomandibular joints, which occurs when these muscles are not working properly. These joints work with muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones to help you speak, chew and yawn, so when they are not working correctly, it can be quite painful. It can affect anyone, but typically affects women more often than men, and typically affect people ages 20-40.

There are many people that are affected by this pain, and there are many symptoms. If you have had any combination of the following symptoms, it is important to contact your local dentist.

  • Pain in the face, neck and shoulder area, occurring when you chew, speak or open mouth widely.
  • If you cannot open your mouth all the way without feeling any pain
  • If your jaw locks at any time
  • Clicking, popping and grating noises without pain when you do any of the above-mentioned actions
  • Discomfort and difficulty chewing or biting
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Toothaches, headaches and neck aches
  • Dizziness, earaches or hearing loss

TMJ or TMD are not understood to have a specific reasoning for their occurrence, but they can be attributed to a variety of things. While there is not an exact pinpointed answer for this happening, here are some of the most popular answers.

  • Grinding and clenching teeth
  • Stress
  • Dislocation or soft cushion or disc near the joint
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in TM joints
  • Injury

15% of Americans face chronic facial pain, such as jaw pain, headaches, and earaches. At Paradise Dental, we want to make sure that all our patients are taken care of with the utmost of quality, and therefore, we offer all the services that we do. Contact us today for more information, or call us directly at 781-598-3700.

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Jeff G.
Great experience as always!!! State of the art office with a friendly and professional staff. I would not trust any other practice with my dental care.
Shelley K.
My first visit consisted of a consultation with Dr, Helyne Hamelburg whom I found to be very calm and relaxing as I am not a fan of any dental procedure. I will be having gum surgery in a few weeks and am actually not fearing the procedure which I have been putting off for years. Office is certainly state of the art which I had never experienced anything like it. Glad she was recommended to me by another Doctor who knew she would be a good fit for me.
John C.
The providers, hygienists, the entire staff are wonderful. I can't recommend them enough. They are efficient, courteous, and the office is inviting. I never thought I would say this about a dental office, but I get relaxed there. You get treated like your the only patient they have.
Jessica O.
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