The Temporomandibular Joint, or jaw joint, allows you to open and close your mouth, speak, swallow, and chew food. Dysfunction of the joint may result in symptoms like clicking and popping sounds, headaches, neck, and facial pain, locking of the jaw, and ringing in the ears.
The TM joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments, and bones that work together as a system. Because of this complex system, a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere. Many things can trigger TMJ disorder, such as trauma to the face, whiplash, bad posture, an uneven bite (malocclusion) where the teeth are not being able to properly support the jaw. This can occur from missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or back teeth that are too short.
When this condition is prolonged, the body begins to compensate by involving muscles in other areas such as the neck, throat, and upper and lower back, arms, etc.
If you suffer from head, neck, or facial pain, Dr. Plieva and Dr. Pliev here in Ottawa, can help to relieve symptoms and restore optimum function. Dental treatment involving the use of splints, bite plates, or functional appliances can be used to reposition the lower jaw. Dr. Plieva and Dr. Pliev are experienced and qualified to treat TMJ disorders.
JVA (Joint Vibration Analysis)
JVA is a non-invasive system that accurately evaluates the motion of TMJ joints. Many people experience symptoms of chronic headaches, earaches, neck pains, and facial pains which can be due to an unbalanced bite. JVA records the vibration that occurs when the TMJ joints rub together. Patients will wear a device that looks similar to musical headphones and will open and close their mouths. The system will record the data and will display a computerized image for a proper diagnosis from the doctor.
If you or someone you know has chronic headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, ringing in the ears or even dizziness, speak with Dr. Plieva, Dr. Pliev, or anyone of the team here at K&K Dental Care.