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TMD-TMJ Disorders

Ambler Advanced Orthodontic Care

Specialist in Orthodontics & TMJ Treatments

Dr. Azizi  has great Success treating jaw disorders, without Jaw Surgery or invasive Methods!

Call our office today for a complimentary TMJ-TMD Evaluation

Ambler Advanced Orthodontic Care

500 Tennis Avenue

Ambler, PA  19002


Abington Advanced Orthodontic Care

242 Keswick Avenue

Glenside, PA  19038


What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. Located at the sides of the head near each ear, these joints play an essential role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions. In fact, the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most frequently used and complex joints in the entire body.

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What Causes TMJ?

  • Teeth Grinding and teeth clenching increase the wear on the cartilage lining of the TMJ. Those who grind or clench their teeth may be unaware of this behavior until they are told by someone observing this pattern while sleeling or by a dental professional.
  • Habitual gum chewing or fingernail biting
  • Dental problems and misalignment of the teeth. Chewing on only one side of the jaw can lead to or be a result of TMJ problems.
  • Trauma to the jaws: Previous fractures in the jaw or facial bones can lead to TMJ disorders.

What are common Symptoms of TMJ?

Headache: Approximately 80% of patients with TMJ disorder complain of headache and 40% report facial pain. Pain is often made worse while opening and closing jaw.

Ear Pain: About 50% of patients with a TMJ disorder notice ear pain and do not have signs of ear infection. The ear pain is usually described as being in front of or below the ear. 

Sounds: Grinding, crunching, or popping sounds, medically termed crepitus, are common for patients with TMJ disorder. 

Fullness of the ear: About 33% of patients with a TMJ disorder describe muffled, clogged, or full ears. They may notice ear fullness and pain during airplane takeoffs and landings. These symptoms are usually caused by Eustachian-tube dysfunction, the structure responsible for the regulation of pressure in the middle of the ear. It is thought that patients with TMJ disorders have hyperactivity of the muscles responsible for regulating the opening and closing of the Eustachian tube. 

Ringing in the ear: For unknown reasons, 33% of patients with TMJ disorder experience noise or ringing in the ears. Of those patients, half will have resolution of their tinnitus after successful treatment of their TMJ disorder. 


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