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Does Orthodontic Treatment Cause TMJ?

Man with Jaw Pain | Sparkle Dental Care

TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, which is the connector between the lower jaw to the skull. This is the joint that enables you to open and close your mouth, so it’s used almost constantly for speaking and eating. Some people have conditions involving the TMJ, and they have difficulty opening and closing their mouth. This is often accompanied by pain.

Many patients wonder if their TMJ problems are a result of their orthodontic treatment, and the overwhelming body of evidence does not link the two. The primary reason for this is because there is no one cause for TMJ disorders, so the role of the bite—which is often ...

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When Popping and Locking Isn't a Cool Dance Move

Jaw Pain | Sparkle Dental Care

Popping and locking might be a part of your teen’s dance recital, but for your jaw, it can mean trouble. As with all joints, popping and locking of the jaw can indicate dysfunction or arthritis. When yawning, the occasional jaw pop is not necessarily a chronic problem, but if it is regularly occurring, a dental exam at Sparkle Dental Care can help identify the problem.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Migraines
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Facial pain
  • Swelling
  • Sensitive teeth

Jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints or TMJ, should open and close smoothly without clicking, popping or locking. While the cause of TMJ disorders can vary, malocclusion (poor bite), trauma, teeth grinding and orthodontic relapse can all contribute ...

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