A recent article in the news magazine Philly Voice shed light on a subject that may come as very little surprise to many of Dr. Lederman’s patients. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, is becoming increasingly common - especially among a certain subset of the population.
The article claims that millennials – those born roughly between the years 1981 and 1996 – are coming in to local dental offices in droves complaining of temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms ranging from jaw pain and stiffness to jaw clicking and popping, headaches, neckaches, backaches, tension, teeth grinding (bruxism), and more.
It’s no secret that pollution and environmental damage can have harmful effects on your health. You’ve probably seen news reports about how poor air quality can contribute to an increase in skin and lung cancers, among other things. But did you know that the environment can also be linked to chronic conditions like Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and sleep apnea? Dr. Gary Lederman discusses how something as simple as the air we breathe can have a huge impact on our bodies.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders, or TMJ. The disorder can cause a number of problematic symptoms including jaw pain, stiffness and even lock jaw. Dr. Lederman has extensive post-graduate training in neuromuscular dentistry and works with his patients to treat this condition with the best individualized course of treatment. One step in the neuromuscular treatment process that may be beneficial for some patients is TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
TENS treatments for TMJ are an electric massage used to relax the jaw muscles. Electrodes are attached to the patient’s face to stimulate the facial muscles and nerves. The end goal is full relaxation of the muscles to help your dentist determine proper jaw position. Once your dentist is able to achieve this, he or she can access whether additional treatments are necessary.
TENS treatments also trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain relieving chemicals, and as such, they often lessen symptoms associated with TMJ.
For many patients, TENS treatment can provide relief of their TMJ-related symptoms. Though patients are initially and painless Patients feel rhythmic taps on their face that may trigger a tingling sensation. The intensity of the treatments can also be adjusted to accommodate the patient’s comfort level.
Whether TENS or another neuromuscular treatment option is the best course of action for TMJ, Dr. Lederman’s patients can rest assured that he will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. To schedule your consult, contact our office today at 516-882-1764.
Many people experience TMJ symptoms without ever realizing the true source. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is at the center of the connection between the jaw and the head. Knowing that, it’s easy to understand why dysfunction in the joint can cause so many potential problems.
The most common symptom of TMJD is severe headaches. Many TMJ sufferers confuse these headaches with migraines and treat them with medication. Unfortunately, medicating only masks the larger issue and symptoms will prevail in the long-term. Other TMJ symptoms range from jaw clicking and ringing in the ears to neck, shoulder and back pain. Patients often have a combination of symptoms, making the disorder even more difficult to recognize.
Through neuromuscular testing, we can determine exact points where TMJ problems are occurring. This is done through pads on the skin connected to computerized technology that lets me see muscle and tension issues. We can then begin to explore the best course of action for correcting the patient’s poor jaw position. This process realigns your posture, starting with your head and neck. One of our neuromuscular treatments is a mouthguard that’s used in golf, hockey, basketball, football and other sports that require balance and strength for increased performance.
Do you have questions about Neuromuscular Dentistry? Don’t hesitate to contact us 516-882-1764. We’re here to help!
Many Americans live with migraines and never nail done the root cause. As a result, sufferers end up taking pain medication and making compromises in their daily lives. Headaches can be debilitating, leaving us out of commission for hours at a time. One common explanation for frequent headaches is TMJ disorder.
TMJ is the small but crucial connecting piece between the jaw and the head. If something is out of balance with this joint, all kinds of painful symptoms can occur. TMJ sufferers may experience a combination of one or all symptoms related to jaw, head, neck, shoulder or back pain. The variety of symptoms that can occur in each individual is what makes TMJD difficult to diagnose.
In recent years, dentistry has made advancements in the specialty of jaw and muscle balance. Using neuromuscular testing we can evaluate your muscle position so that we can begin to correct posture. When the muscles are in a comfortable position, symptoms are finally alleviated.
Do you experience any symptoms you think could be related to TMJD? Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation by calling 516-882-1764.