You may have heard someone say they have TMJ. You may have even experienced this problem yourself at one time or another.
But how much do you know about TMJ? In today’s post, we are going to have a little fun with a short, simple quiz about TMJ disorders.
When you are finished, keep reading to find out how Beaumont Family Dentistry provides TMJ treatment with TruDenta® rehabilitation.
Good luck. We hope you learn something new.
Question #1: What does TMJ stand for?
- The major joint
- The minor joint
- Temporomandibular joint
- Too many jalepeños
Answer: The correct answer is C, temporomandibular joint. For what it’s worth, we know a few people who would say that D isn’t possible.
Question #2: Which of the following are symptoms of a TMJ disorder?
- Frequent headaches, including migraines
- Jaw tenderness
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Paparazzi following you everywhere
Answer: A, B, and C are symptoms of TMJ problems. D is more like a TMZ problem.
Question #3: And which of these are symptoms of TMJ disorder or TMD?
- Limited jaw movement
- A jaw that becomes stuck in an open or close position
- Shredder is one the loose
Answer: Again, A, B, and C are correct. D is a TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) problem.
Question #4: When might your jaw hurt if you have a TMJ disorder?
- When you are eating
- After you finish eating
- All the time
- All of the above
Answer: D, all of the above … unfortunately.
Question #5: Which of the following can cause a TMD?
Answer: A, B, and C are all correct. Bananas are more likely to attract Minions.
Question #6: What is bruxism?
- A short-lived religion
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- An addiction to brushing your teeth
- None of the above
Answer: B, bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. (This is very bad for your teeth, but we probably didn’t have to tell you that.)
Question #7: How many people in the United States have TMJ disorder?
- 35 million
Answer: C, according to the TMJ Association.
Question #8: How can you treat a TMD?
- By eating soft foods
- By avoiding motions that aggravate the problem
- By trying TruDenta® at Beaumont Family Dentistry
- All of the above
Answer: D. A and B are things you can try at home. If they don’t alleviate your problem, you should contact Beaumont Family Dentistry for help.
How did you do? More importantly, did you learn anything?
Keep reading to learn more about TruDenta® and how we use it to help people with TMD at each of our dentist offices in Lexington.
Understanding Bruxism And Its Effects
As noted in our quiz, many people with bruxism are not aware of what they are doing or when they are doing it.
The most obvious example is when people do this in their sleep. This also could explain why you may have headaches when you wake up or why you wake up with a sore jaw.
Unconscious actions can occur when we are awake, too. Many people clench their teeth without thinking about it as a reaction to stressful situations. And we all experience stress because of work, because of bills, because of personal matters.
No matter when or why you clench and grind your teeth, you are putting added pressure on your TMJ and on the muscles and tendons that support. Because your muscles are interconnected, this can explain the headaches, earaches, neck pains, and shoulder pains that you may experience because of a TMJ disorder.
How TruDenta® Can Help
TruDenta® is a four-phase approach to addressing the underlying cause of headaches and migraines that may be traced back to your bruxism and TMD.
The first phase lasts 8 to 12 weeks and takes place in one of our three dentist offices in Lexington. During a one-hour weekly appointment, we will help you learn to relax your jaw with muscle therapy, microcurrent electrostimulation, and ultrasound therapy.
The second phase occurs during this same time period. At home, you may use cold packs, lotions, medicine, and more to help you relax.
The third phase includes wearing a mouthguard. This can be worn at night while you sleep. the guard will keep your jaw in a relaxed position. It also prevents your top and bottom teeth from touching one another, so you can’t grind them together.
The final phase is force balancing (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Star Wars). This therapy is intended to keep the pressure on your TMJ more equal from all directions. This can eliminate pain and other long-term issues.
If you or someone you know could benefit from TruDenta®, call any Beaumont Family Dentistry. You can call any location in Lexington or use the link for that office to make an appointment with our online form.