Temperomandibular joint, popularly known as TMJ, connects your lower jaw and temporal bone. This bone is found on the skull. TMJ constitutes a series of nerves muscles, cartilaginous disc and blood vessels. These muscles allow us to speak, chew food, open and close our mouths. TMJ is used widely for the proper functioning of the mouth. Sometimes, its frequent use can bring problems such as the TMJ syndrome.
TMJ syndrome is one of the most dangerous dental conditions that patients can suffer. This is because it is not only elusive but also can be overlooked when patients are getting treatment for dental diseases. If you are suffering from headaches dizziness, eye sores and pain, ear aches and shoulder pain, the problem could be in your jaws. When this problem is not taken care of, you can later suffer from this condition.
Some of the problems of TMJ include:
- Impaired biting and overall dysfunction of joints in the mouth.
- Pain in the joints and muscles especially around the ear. This pain can persist even when you are not eating or speaking.
- Pain and ringing in the ears.
- Improper positioning of the cartilaginous disc on its joint.
- Locked or crooked jaw that often leads to pain in chewing and speaking.
If you suspect that you have TMJ syndrome, it is important to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is the best solution for this condition because it is gentle and manipulative. There are chiropractors who specialize in treating TMJ conditions. The first thing that the chiropractor will do is align the cervical spine with the TMJ. This is especially for patients with mild cases of the condition. Here are some of the resolutions of TMJ syndrome through chiropractic care:
- Manipulation of the jaw. This takes pressure off of the TMJ and allows muscles to access blood and nerves thus allowing the TMJ to properly heal by itself.
- Chiropractic adjustments: Here, the muscles of the jaws will be stimulated manually. This is great for patients as it get rids of muscle spasms and knot formation.
- Massage therapy: Here, the patient will receive therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. TMJ also affects the surrounding tissues in the mouth. This therapy will assist in increasing tissue metabolism, tissue healing and promote formation of blood vessels.
Serious TMJ cases require patients to visit an orthodontist. Here, the doctor will take care of bite plates and mouth guards of the patients. There are cases where dentures, veneers and other appliances are needed to support the jaws and joints.