Treatment Options for TMJ/TMD/Jaw pains

TMJ/TMD/Jaw pain Treatment Options

Do you have jaw pain? TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the hinge that connects your jaw bone to your skull. TMJ disorders (TMD) can be caused by overuse of jaw muscles, misalignment of teeth, teeth grinding or clenching, as well as poor posture, and stress. Chiropractic treatment for TMJ/TMD is a non-invasive way to realign your jaw and relieve jaw pain. Headaches, earaches, and migraines can all be associated with TMJ/TMD. Call us for a chiropractic consultation today!

Do you grind your teeth? Grinding may increase pressure on the joints in the temporomandibular area causing pain. You may notice this after a stressful day at work. It’s important to take care of this so you don’t suffer from further damage.

Headaches are also associated with TMJ/TMD. A headache often occurs due to misalignment of the jaw, or poor posture which may cause muscles in your face and neck to be strained or overworked. Neck strain can lead to pain in the upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, etc., as well as headaches! Many people have gotten much relief by seeing our chiropractors about their temporomandibular issues.

Stress is one of the leading causes of temporomandibular disorders. The tendency to clench or grind your teeth increases when you are under stress. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, it is a good idea to wear a mouthguard when sleeping.

In addition to all of this, poor posture can cause the muscles in the face and neck to be overworked which leads to headache pain. We offer non-invasive chiropractic treatment for TMJ/TMD which helps realign the jaw and relieve muscle stress. Talk to a professional to get help!

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Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a set of more than 30 conditions that cause jaw joint and muscle discomfort. “TMDs” are disorders caused by the temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”). Everyone has two TMJs, one on each side of the head just in front of the ears. Muscles and ligaments surrounding and attached to the TMJ control its movement. Problems with any of these structures can lead to TMDs.

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The jaw bone is connected to your skull by the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your head just in front of your ears. Jaw muscles are attached to these bones allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as talk and eat. The ligaments that hold these joints together gradually wear out causing inflammation and pain which can eventually lead to arthritis if left untreated.

Symptoms may include pain or tenderness in or around one or both jaws with varying degrees of severity. Other symptoms may include earaches, tightness in your face, headaches, neck pain, clicking sensation when opening mouth wide, and muscular cramps.

The primary cause of TMD is a muscle fault, so-called “trigger points”. The jaw cannot move without muscles. The jaw muscles have two origins and attach to the jawbone on each side, which moves the jaw front-back and sideways. There are many different things that can cause TMD, including teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, injury, infection, arthritis, or other conditions.

Jaw problems are caused by overuse of jaw muscles, misalignment of teeth, teeth grinding or clenching, as well as poor posture, and stress. While grinding and clenching your teeth can be primary factors, there can also be many secondary factors related to jaw pain, including jaw malocclusion (when your upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly), poor dental hygiene, stressful lifestyle, poor posture, jaw injury or trauma, aging bones and muscles, and bruxism (grinding of the teeth). Jaw pain that lasts only momentarily after eating or opening the mouth wide for instance may indicate a temporary problem, such as TMD that has gone into spasm or locked jaw position termed “trismus”.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the number one cause of orofacial pain. Jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or neck pain are common symptoms of TMD. TMD is an umbrella term that describes a number of different conditions all with the same primary symptom: jaw pain.