Sunday, June 13, 2010

Unknown pains? It can be TMJ dysfunction says Oro dentist

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CAGAYAN DE ORO JOURNAL (Ben Balce / June 9, 2010) – Dr. Benjamin Sia. D.MD, DDM on Wednesday said that many people who suffer from dizziness, earaches, face, head neck, shoulder and back pain, without knowing the cause of pain, but for him, it might be a TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) pain.

He said that many patients seeking medical cures for these types of problems frequently related on this kind of disorders. “Just told it was the patients’ mind, but it’s definitely not.”   

TMJ pain disorders according to Dr. Sia is usually occur because of unbalanced activity, spasm, or overuse of the jaw muscles. He elaborated that symptoms tend to be chronic, and treatment is aimed at eliminating the precipitating factors.

However, Dr. Sia said many symptoms may still not appear related to the TMJ itself, but the above types of disorders are likely common symptoms.

“People would go from expert to high-quality physicians seeking a cure. Then after years of unsuccessful treatment and spending much they learned still to live with pain,” said Dr. Sia.

Dr. Sia said it’s now known that condition TMJ pain or the Temporoandibular Joint syndrome accounts for a large number of these previously uncured and painful ailments.

Dr. Sia, who usually made TMJ treatment for long years, is running a dental clinic in Cagayan de Oro City together with her wife Dr. Sandy Tankiko Sia, located at the 2nd Floor, Betty Bldg, 105 Hayes corner Velez Streets.

Sia said that the above types of pains are symptoms of the syndrome and not the problem itself. “Correcting the problem rather than the symptom is at the heart of TMJ treatment.”

“The primary purpose of this kind of treatment is to eliminate the pain,” said Sia.

He also said that on today’s new knowledge and technology, dentists are able to diagnose and treat TMJ problems which previously have been overlooked.

He said that medical profession is becoming more aware of dentistry’s involvement and physicians are referring patients to dentists knowledgeable in TMJ treatment.

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