Looking older in Milwaukee

Dr. Michael Westman Blog, TMJ Causes, TMJ Disorder, TMJ Unbalanced Bite

Looking older than you feel? Your bite may be to blame Changes to your face as you get older may be an inevitable part of the aging process, but most of us strive to look young as long as possible. There is no lack of information about how to look younger by taking care of your skin, but there is …

Childhood Allergies and TMJ

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Childhood allergies can cause TMJ The most common cause of upper airway obstructions, crooked teeth, and TMJ, is having allergies as a child. Congested breathing can impact jaw growth If a child can breathe normally through their nose their tongue rests on the palate and inside surfaces of all of the upper teeth. In this position, the tongue balances the …

Unbalanced Dentistry

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Unbalanced dentistry “My teeth don’t seem to line up when I bite down, could that be the cause of my TMJ?” A ‘bad bite’ is certainly a leading cause of TMJ. It affects your jaw alignment and muscle tone which can create TMJ. It can lead to years of pain, a face that is functionally inadequate and changes to the …

Injury / Trauma

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Injury / Trauma Don’t discount that injury Sustaining an injury or experiencing physical trauma can add stress and strain to your body, in particular, placing additional tension on your head, neck, face, shoulders and back. An injury or acute trauma to your jaws can be the result of a car accident, a severe fall, a punch to the face or …

Genetics

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

When it comes to genetics you sometimes inherit a a few flaws You were born with big, beautiful blue eyes that obviously came from your father’s side of the family. Courtesy of your Mom, you have wavy, rich brown hair that has sparked compliments from complete strangers. Your crooked teeth and unaligned jaw – – who do you have that …

Skull Deformation

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Skull Deformation Something as simple as ‘being born’ can cause TMJ. Here’s how . . . Entering this world – physically arriving on this planet – is a treacherous and abrupt process. You are minding your own business, warm and content in your mother’s womb then suddenly, you are being forced down a dark alleyway and pushed into the bright, …

Airway Issues

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Airway issues All I need is the air that I breathe . . . When you wake up in the morning, do you ever wonder if you slept at all? Do you wake up with a morning headache that is occasionally accompanied with dizziness? Does your bed partner complain that you snored through the entire night? What if we told …

Unbalanced Bite

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Causes, TMJ Pain Solutions

Unbalanced bite A ‘Temporo Mandibular Disorder’ (TMD)…?more than a mouthful Throughout your day you run into all kinds of people that mention all kinds of ailments. Strained knee, sore shoulder, headache, twisted ankle, aching arm . . . but you probably don’t encounter anyone who says “yeah, I’ve got a really bad bite!” The reality is, a bad bite can …