TMJ stands for Tempero Mandibular Joint. It is the jaw joint in front of the ear. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from the following symptoms you may have TMJ Dysfunction:
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
What is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction are a collection of problems in the jaw and facial muscles. The science of Chirodontics provides a level of understanding normally unaccesible to the modern medical world, as many of the doctors wrestling with it do not focus outside the face and jaw area.
Chirodontics is whole-body transformation, and not through arbitrary, symptom-based resolutions, but specifically on the disorders surrounding the temporomandibular joint and adjoining areas. Because of this, we know what causes temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and can provide long-term, natural solutions to healing them, alleviating their symptoms, and healing the body.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Symptoms
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
What Causes TMJ Dysfunction
There are a myriad of stressors that can cause TMD. Most commonly is it due to habitually clenching and grinding the teeth. If the teeth do not support the jaws properly, the jaw joints become jammed and over closed. Usually the disc in the joint is pushed forward, the back ligament of the disc becomes stretched and inflamed, and the condyles in the joint make the displaced disc pop or crunch when the jaw is opened and closed.
Other possible causes:
- Whiplash injury.
- Cervical (neck) issues. Forward head posture, tension in the shoulders
- Head trauma or any trauma
- Orthodontics (fixing the teeth without balancing the body too)
- Sacro Iliac Instability
- Structural distortions: feet and ankle issues
The bite can “lock” in bad posture, and bad posture can cause a bad bite resulting in TMD.
It is important to address the whole system when diagnosing and treating TMJ dysfunction.