Commonly misdiagnosed or overlooked, subtle misalignments in the Temporomandibular joints can be a common significant source of head and neck pain. If you have frequent and severe head or neck pain, you owe it to yourself to investigate our doctor’s life-changing approach to correcting these TMJ problems.
Symptoms of TMJ
- Popping, clicking, or crackling sounds in or near the ear
- Pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Tenderness or soreness of the jaw
- Pain or tenderness when chewing
- Ringing in the ears
- Severe pain in the joint area
- Pain around the eyes, cheeks
- Chronic fatigue
- Tenderness and swelling at the sides of the face
- “Locking of the jaw
- Tingling or burning sensations in the mouth, tongue, or throat
The jaw joint is a part of a complex system that includes the teeth, muscles, and joint itself. Treatment is typically sought out during painful episodes. When the temporomandibular system is not functionally harmoniously, it is the surrounding muscles that typically are in spasm. This goal is often helped with muscle relaxants and the use of an oral splint or orthotic. While it is the goal of reducing the reliance of a splint, often patients rely on this device for nighttime comfort and reduced waking teeth and facial pains. A permanent solution may revolve around restoring teeth, a correction of the position of the ligament between the bones around the jaw joint and head, or restoring the bite for harmonious function.