TMJ Disorders

amandakatiejudysteveDr. Russell, Katie, Amanda, and Judy attended an exciting conference hosted by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. They learned a tremendous amount about jaw joint (TMJ) Disorders and their relation to sleep and breathing. The association of many types of headaches, neck and facial pain with sleep and breathing and jaw joint problems is clearly shown in the research and can be managed by appropriately trained dentists and healthcare providers. If you have any of these problems, the size and position of your jaw and teeth, among other factors, may be affecting your ability to breath properly at night. 

Some common symptoms of TMJ Disorder:
  • Pain and soreness in your jaw joint and muscles of your face
  • Headaches
  • Noises in your joint such as clicking or popping sounds
  • Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Your teeth not feeling like they fit together properly
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Awakening in the morning with soreness in your jaw or muscles of your face
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling worried about these symptoms
  • Feeling stressed
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from a consultation w/ Dr. Russell to discuss your concerns in more detail.