Maybe you may have consulted your family physician. Maybe you have been referred to an ENT specialist, neurologist, or psychiatrist. Maybe, after many tests, you heard that you have to “learn to live with your pain.” Maybe you have attempted all drug therapies and your pain has not gone away. Maybe you may have even been told to see your dentist because you have a “bad bite.”
If any of these possibilities pertain to your condition, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from frequent headaches, migraines, popping jaw joints, stiff neck, back pain, dizziness, earaches, and other related head and facial pain. Not every medical doctor or dentist can recognize and treat such dysfunctions. Only specially trained and qualified dentists can help you with such problems that may be related to your TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint).
Here is a simple self-test that you can do to help get some insight into your chronic pain. Place your index finger tip into and in front of your ear onto the side of the “knob” (condyle) in each joint. Open and close your mouth. If it hurts, or pops, or creaks – they are not functioning properly!
What causes TMJ Dysfunction?
Stress is a common external factor that leads to tight shoulders, clenched jaws, and other muscle contractions. Anxiety and frustrations can compress the jaw joints to the point that the back ligament becomes stretched and inflamed.
Severe TMJ disfunction The disc can become dislocated and cause a popping and clicking sound when you eat, talk, drink, yawn, etc. After many years, arthritic changes cause a one-way degenerative process that leads to more pain not only in the joints themselves, but through muscles spasms in other parts of the body. The internal stress further saps the body and spirit of energy.