TMJ is a jaw disorder that affects nearly 10 million Americans. Fortunately, the condition is highly treatable and rarely requires surgery. Dr. Timothy Mickiewicz treats TMJ disorder at his Sacramento, CA clinic. Through his therapies, you will be empowered to be in control of your healing process. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mick, call our Sacramento dental office at 916-469-9178.
What Causes TMJ?
When the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that hold both sides of your lower jawbone to your skull are not in proper alignment, the condition known as TMJ disorder can arise.
Patients who suffer from TMJ disorder commonly experience:
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Facial discomfort
- Worn teeth
- Popping jaws
Conditions That Often Co-arise with TMJ Disorder
Scientific research has shown that 85 percent of individuals who are diagnosed with TMJ disorder have another condition that is causing discomfort. Research is ongoing to determine the connection between TMJ disorder and these comorbid conditions. One complicating factor is that TMJ is a complex disease that may involve several factors, including genetics, environment, and behavior. Many of the following are common comorbid conditions. The occurrence of multiple disorders is more common among women.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome: The root causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis are still not fully understood. The syndrome is characterized by debilitating and sustained fatigue.
- Chronic headache: Chronic headaches occur 15 times or more a month.
- Endometriosis: Women who experience uterine lining growing outside their uterus have the condition called endometriosis.
- Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is characterized by musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.
- Interstitial cystitis: Also known as bladder pain syndrome, this condition is characterized by pain and pressure in the bladder area.
- Irritable bowel syndrome: IBS affects the large intestine and can cause cramping, bloating, and diarrhea, among other symptoms.
- Lower back pain: Patients suffering from lower back pain feel chronic discomfort in the lower lumbar area.
- Sleep disorders: Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and other sleep disorders disrupt the body’s natural sleep cycle.
- Vulvodynia: This condition is characterized by pain in the vulva.
- Tinnitus: Sufferers of idiopathic tinnitus perceive a phantom sound when no external noise is present. Many patients who have tinnitus describe a “ringing in the ears.” The sounds can go beyond ringing, though. Individuals with this condition may hear a buzzing, clicking, or whistling sound. This condition can be temporary or chronic.
Treatments for TMJ
Once Dr. Mick has diagnosed your TMJ as the cause of your symptoms, there are several treatment options, including:
- Oral appliance: A soft, custom-fitted appliance is placed in your mouth to eliminate teeth grinding.
- TENS unit: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation uses electrical pulses to stimulate muscle contractions that relax muscles and release endorphins.
- Physical therapy: A skilled therapist can focus on the muscles and joints that are causing you pain.
- Medication: Dr. Mick may prescribe medications, such as muscle relaxants or antidepressants.
More than 90 percent of patients are able to find relief from the symptoms of TMJ disorder without the need for surgery.
Contact Us Today To Learn More
Women are at a higher risk of experiencing comorbid conditions than men. If you are experiencing comorbid conditions with TMJ, you may experience significant relief after undergoing treatments with Dr. Mick. Contact a member of our team today to schedule your appointment.