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Are you experiencing pain in the joint near your jaw and ear? Do you experience frequent migraines? Does your jaw lock or pop? Are your jaw muscles stiff? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have developed temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and require TMJ treatment.

What is TMJ syndrome?

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the skull and the jawbone. TMJ syndrome occurs when this joint is injured leading to pain, popping or clicking of the jaw as well as swelling of the face. TMJ syndrome can also result in tooth grinding, inflammation of facial nerves, dislocation of the joint as well as dysfunction of the Eustachian tube.

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ syndrome. Some of the suspected causes of TMJ syndrome include:

  • Bruxism (grinding of teeth)
  • Poor posture
  • Inflammatory conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as arthritis
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma to the jaw or teeth
  • Misalignment of teeth.

 

Living with TMJ syndrome

TMJ is characterized by chronic pain in the muscles around the jaw and neck. People with TMJ also experience frequent migraine and tension headaches. TMJ can also cause pain in other muscle groups around the head and face including the eyes and ears, which greatly interfere with everyday functions.

Many people also suffer from chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea and snoring as a result of TMJ.

 

4 Ways TMJ treatment can improve your life

1. Get rid of chronic pain

You don’t have to suffer with chronic pain for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter whether the pain is in your jaw, ears or neck. It doesn’t matter if the pain is in the form of chronic migraines or tension headaches. Treatment will help to alleviate the pain and help you take back your life. As well, your productivity levels will go up as you won’t have to deal with the pain any longer.

2. Reduce stiffness in the jaws

Eating even your favorite foods can be difficult with a stiff jaw. Simply talking and yawning can leave you in anguish with the limited range of motion that results from TMJ. TMJ treatment can help you regain full range of motion and allow you to enjoy eating, talking and yawning once again without thinking of the pain.

3. Relieve vision problems

TMJ can result in vision problems as it affects nerves and muscles in the face. Many people that experience eye pain are often provided with symptomatic treatments that do not help alleviate the problem long term.. This is because these treatments do not address the underlying cause of the pain.

TMJ treatment treats the underlying cause of the vision problems. You can ensure that the pain is alleviated for the long term by undergoing treatment to your jaw. The treatment will also help you improve your vision if it has been compromised; thus, allowing you to carry out your daily tasks safely.

4. Get rid of clicking and popping

The clicking and popping sounds that your jaw makes every time you move it are not life threatening; however, they can be quite annoying. They can have a negative effect on your life socially. Many people suffer blows to their confidence as a result.

Alignment of the jaws is the best way to get rid of the distracting popping and clicking sounds as means of restoring your confidence.

5. Get a good night’s sleep

Chronic sleep disorders are just one of the effects of TMJ. Treatment can ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and wake up ready for the day’s tasks. Getting enough rest can help you be more productive.