Up to 25% of the population will suffer from TMJ symptoms at some point in their lifetime.

 

 

TMJ Disorder Facts
  • Typical symptoms include jaw clicking, limited mouth opening, possible jaw locking, and pain.

  • TMD pain is generally described as an "ache" located in front of your ear canal but may also refer to other areas of your face, head, neck, and shoulders.

  • Chewing and eating usually make your symptoms more noticeable.

  • Most patients are 20-50 years old.

  • Women are 2-3 times more likely to suffer from TMJ pain.

  • TMJ disorder is more common in people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth, especially at night.

  • TMJ disorder patients often suffer from headaches.

 

 

 

TMJ pain is most often caused by improper motion of the joint that connects the jaw bone or mandible, with the skull through the temporal bone.

These problems can arise from the muscles around the joint, the disk within the joint, or the bony portion of the joint itself.

Imbalances between the muscles that open and close the jaw are the most common culprit.

Conservative treatments, like those provided by our office, have been shown to be as effective as any surgery for most patients with TMD.

 

Treatment is simple, focusing on "massaging" tightness out of the jaw muscles, gently restoring movement to any restricted joints (including your neck and upper back), and prescribing exercises to improve flexibility.

 

 

Activator Chiropractic Is Extremely Effective At Relieving TMJ Pain
The Activator Technique TMJ Testing Exam identifies the mandible-temporal bone misalignment or dysfunction and guides the gentle correction of the joint.

When performing the adjustment, the thumb is used as a force buffer to ensure a specific and gentle correction.  

Further Treatment Recommendations
  • Avoid aggravating activities like chewing gum or eating "rubbery" foods.

  • Limit excessive talking.

  • A custom-fitted mouthguard may be prescribed to help minimize grinding & clenching and promote relaxation of your jaw muscles at night.

  • Patients with night-time symptoms should avoid stressful activity before bedtime and try to sleep in a "neutral" position.

  • In some cases, stress management techniques, like biofeedback, can assist you in learning how to relax your jaw muscles.

Contact Us To See How We Can Help Your TMJ Pain.