What is a TMJ Disorder?
Also known as Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, TMJ disorder is a pain in the jaw caused by the different medical issues. The TMJ is connected to the skull or temporal bone in front of the ear. Facial muscles that are used for chewing are also attached to the lower jaw.
Problems in these areas often occur such as:
- Neck pain
- Ear Pain
- Head Pain/Headache
- Locked jaw
- Facial pain
- Clicking/popping jaw
- Problems with biting
The Causes of TMJ Syndrome
TMJ syndrome can be caused by a lot of medical problems such as diseases, wear and tear, and trauma.
Trauma: Trauma is divided into microtrauma and macrotrauma. The former occurs internally such as bruxism or grinding the teeth and jaw tightening or known as clenching. The continuous grinding, gritting or clenching of the temporomandibular joint can alter the state of one’s teeth. Macrotrauma, on the other hand, is caused by accidents, punching or a damaged cartilage disc of the joint.
Arthritis: Our jaw point is prone to arthritic changes and these changes are sometimes caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis that involves joint degeneration, aging, inflammation in joints or joint deformity.
- Joint infection
- Bone defect from birth
Signs and Symptoms of the Condition
Problems with the TMJ (the joint that connects the skull and lower jaw) can significantly affect your daily life. Those who suffer from TMJ disorders often experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Soreness and pain in the jaw
- Clicking or popping noises when opening or closing the mouth
- Trouble chewing
- A misaligned bite or other bite problems
- Tooth and/or earaches not caused by infection or other dental problems
- Recurring head and/or neck-aches
- A “locked” or stiff jaw
Let Our Dentists at Advanced Dental Concepts Help You
Because TMJ disorders can be caused by a variety of different factors, treatment is individualized to better fit your needs. We offer a trusted Hammond orthodontics for TMJ, where our dentist will help you determine if such procedure is the best option for your condition. Advanced Dental Concepts invites you to call today to know more and to schedule your TMJ consultation and begin improving your oral health soon.
More Dental Treatments in Hammond for You
Besides the general dentistry services we have available, we also offer various teeth, mouth, and gum treatments.
- Teeth whitening
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- Tooth restorations
- Emergency dental care
- Family Dentistry
Talk to our dentists about the right option for your needs or situation. Feel free to look at our website as well and read more information about our treatments that we offer such reliable Hammond Invisalign braces, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. We will ensure that your teeth are in good hands at Advanced Dental Concepts.
1607 Martens Dr, Hammond, LA 70401
Monday 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday 8AM – 5PM
Thursday 7AM – 3PM
Advanced Dental Concepts is located at Martens Dr, 6 minutes away from Hammond Jr High School.
From Hammond Jr High School: (via Pecan St)
Head north on Jackson Rd/J W Davis Dr toward W Coleman Ave. Turn right onto W Coleman Ave and left onto S Linden St. Turn another left onto Blackburn Rd and right onto Pecan St. Turn left onto Western Ave. Then turn right onto Martens Dr.
From Safari Quest Family Fun Center: Head east on Hewitt Rd toward SW Railroad Ave. Turn left onto SW Railroad Avenue and continue onto Carter Ln. Use any lane to turn right onto N Oak St. Turn left onto W University and another left to reach Martens Dr.
About Hammond, LA
Located 35 miles from Baton Rouge, Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish. It also happens to be the home to Southeastern Louisiana University.
As of July of 2018, Hammond has a total population of over 21, 00, with total housing units of 8,633, 43.1% of it are owner-occupied, while the 45.7% of it are occupied by renters.
The city is rich in culture–a fan favorite among locals and tourists alike. Influences range from Spanish to French, that has become long influences for music, food, architecture and even lifestyle.
Take a tour during the Mardi Gras festival or visit the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum or the SLU Contemporary Art Gallery. Hammond also offers attractions such as Ken’s Tropical Fish and Louisiana Treasures Museum.