Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ/TMD)
Diana Schwahn has specialized training for the treatment of temporomandibular joint pain. She has had training through the CranioFacial Therapy Academy
Do you have a TMJ Disorder?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaws?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- The more times you answered “yes”, the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.
TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint) disorders can become very chronic and many people spend years trying to figure who to go to for their jaw/facial pain. People often mistake ear pain as an ear infection rather than a jaw problem. People who suffer from TMJ/TMD of have is ear pain and "fullness" in the ears. This my be a diagnosis of TMJ rather than an ear infection. Is it good to rule out an an ear injection with your ENT then explore the possible injury to the temporomandibular joint. The TMJ symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together correctly.
Trouble With Your Jaw?
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disc, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking, or grating noise when you open your mouth and you may have trouble opening your mouth wide.