TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This is the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw.
The TMJ is actually one of the most complex joints in the entire body. It is responsible for a lot of what the jaw does, and is capable of forward and backward movement, rotation, and side-to-side movement. Because of this wide range of motion, as well as its exposed position on the side of the face, the TMJ is also susceptible to quite a few complications.
Schedule your appointment for TMJ Treatment in Boca Raton for immediate headache relief.
Problems with the TMJ are known as TMDs, or temporomandibular disorders, and can be caused by a number of things. Genetics and hormones are responsible for many non-injury related TMDs.
Jaw misalignment is also a major factor. If your bite doesn’t align as it should, the joints will always be stretched or pressured in ways that they were meant to be, with none of the relief that a relaxed jaw would otherwise give.
Another common cause of inflammation is bruxism, or teeth grinding. When we’re stressed, we tend to carry a lot of that stress in our head, neck, and back muscles. This tension causes us to clench or grind our teeth, which not only puts a lot of pressure on our TMJs, but can also damage our tooth enamel.
Some other TMD causes can include low-level infections, autoimmune diseases, blunt trauma, and sporting injuries.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMDs are:
- Pain in the TMJ area.
- Limited movement of the lower jaw.
- Clicking sounds during movement.
- Muscle spasms.
- Locking of the jaw.
Something that many TMD problems have in common is stress on the joint. In these cases, the only way to allow the TMJ to heal is to relieve that stress. Common ways to do this are:
- Wearing custom-crafted bite guards.
- Wearing a mouthguard during sleep.
- Receiving treatment to adjust your bite.
- Receiving muscle relaxant treatments.
- Using headache relief painkillers.
If you experience any TMJ problems or symptoms please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are happy to evaluate your situation and help you decide which treatments are best for you.