Can’t take this pain. Is it TMJ?

I simply cannot take this pain any longer. It’s my face, ears, and jaw that are absolutely killing me. I haven’t officially been diagnosed with TMJ but from all the research I’ve done, that has to be what is going on. Can you tell me a little more about TMJ?

– Betsy in Missouri

Betsy,

Facial pain, pain in the jaw joint or area, ringing in the ears or earaches are all symptoms of TMJ disorder. The temporalmandibuar joint (TMJ) is the small joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull and helps you to talk and chew normally. This joint is used when you eat and yawn, really any movement of your jaw. TMJ disorder can affect the muscles and tendons that surround your jaw as well. Pain or sensitivity and soreness, as well as locking are all signs of TMJ.

It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of TMJ, but stress can be a major contributing factor. Other factors that can cause TMJ are an injury or trauma to the face, grinding of the teeth or clenching, and some arthritis patients have found it is a cause of TMJ. As mentioned previously, stress can make you clench or grind your teeth and tighten your facial muscles which can lead to TMJ problems.

A proper diagnosis is key when trying to find TMJ treatment. TMJ dentists and specialists use varying techniques that range from medications or a simple mouth piece, to more advanced neuromuscular therapy, and in some extreme cases surgery.

You don’t want to be in pain anymore, so don’t put it off any longer. Find a TMJ specialist in your area.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

Are my teeth the reason I can’t get a date?

I am sick of being single. All my friends are married with kids. Being over 40 and having no one “special” really stinks! I’ve resided myself to the fact it has to be my crooked teeth. But I really don’t want to be wearing those ugly wire braces for years as an adult. I can’t imagine being a “brace face” would help my dating chances! Any advice to speed up the process so I don’t have to wear them forever?

Eric in Kansas

Eric,

There is no real way to know the truth about why your love life hasn’t taken off yet. But there is no reason it cannot happen for you too. An interesting study by Match.com does show that a beautiful smile is one of the most important things that attracts a potential mate while dating. So there may be some truth to the crooked teeth theory on your part.

Have you ever heard of Invisalign? This sophisticated system straightens your teeth in half the time as conventional braces. No more need for those ugly and uncomfortable wire and metal braces. Invisalign invisible braces uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into the correct positions. In some cases, Invisalign has straightened teeth in six months to a year. And from a conversational distance the aligners are invisible.

Everyone’s cases is different so the time frame may vary slightly. So find an Invisalign dentist in your area and get the ball rolling. Invisalign has one of the highest satisfaction ratings of any dental treatment.

Also, porcelain veneers are an even faster cosmetic dentistry treatment that will improve the appearance of your teeth. You can get straight, white teeth in only a couple appointments. This may be another option you want to consider?

Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics by Dr. Steve Bader.