What is TMJ?

It is estimated that around 75% of the people in America has experienced signs or symptoms of Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD or TMJ Disorder) and Craniofacial Pain (CFP). Often, most of these symptoms are temporary and can disappear over time. As a result, roughly 5-10% of the population will require professional treatment. Both TMD and CFP generally involve more than just one symptom and often have more than one cause. Pain can arise suddenly or progress over months to years with irregular occurrence and intensity.

Unfortunately there is no quick fix for TMD, CFP, and TMJ Disorder. However, most patients suffering from these conditions can achieve long-term relief with conservative therapy. According to researching, over 50% of patients suffering from TMD have few or no more symptoms following conservative management practices.

Symptoms

  • Headaches (tension or migraine)

  • Pain when chewing

  • Pain behind the eyes or blurring of vision

  • Limited opening or locking of the jaw

  • Difficulty in closing the teeth together

  • Earaches, congestion or ringing in ears

  • Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joints

  • Unexplained tooth pain

  • Dizziness

  • Tired jaw

  • Facial pain and/or numbness of face and head

  • Hearing loss

  • Neck and/or throat pain

Causes

  • Poor posture

  • Your teeth and your bite

  • Neck and upper back restriction, tight facial/mouth muscles/myofascial trigger points

  • Clenching or grinding

  • Trauma or whiplash

  • Parafunctional habits: nail biting, frowning, chewing on pencils, etc.