If you have pain in your jaw, face, neck, or ears, it’s possible that you’re one of an estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from TMJ issues. What is TMJ, you ask?
What Is TMJ?
Well, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where your jaw is attached to the sides of your head, and it needs to maintain the ability to move up and down, side to side, and exert enormous forces. With a special structure and tissue makeup, it’s one of the most complicated set of joints in the body.
Leaving TMJ problems untreated can cause them to become chronic and debilitating, and possibly lead to serious symptoms like migraines and tinnitus.
What Are the Signs of TMJ Disorder (also known as TMD)?
Signs of TMD present in pain in your jaw, face, neck, or ear. This is caused by the many nerves in the jaw causing pain or tenderness in nearby locations, even if your jaw itself doesn’t hurt.
If you notice a limited range of motion – your jaw not moving as far or as easily as it should – this could be a sign of TMD. Other signs include your jaw locking up in an open or closed position, as well as clicking or popping noises during movement. TMD can also lead to neck soreness and limited movement of the neck.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?– TOO MUCH FORCE IN THE WRONG AREA.
Did you know the human jaw can generate more than 260 pounds of force at the molars? That’s enough force to break 10 bones! But unless this pressure is perfectly balanced, the fragile balance of your jaw’s tendons, muscles, nerves and ligaments can be thrown into disarray—10 broken bones.
There are a number of factors that could play into this imperfect balance that causes your TMD. Stress increases tension of your muscles in your jaw, creating the imbalances over time. Physical trauma, dental or orthodontic work, eating habits or teeth grinding, or even time. Just like the rest of your body, your mouth and jaw are made of living tissues, so they can shift as you age.
How Is TMJ Disorder Treated?
Just like pain anywhere else in the body, pain relievers can be helpful. However, it is important to be aware and cautious of the side effects of pain relievers with chronic pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers and even prescription medication can cause dangerous side-effects and can become addicting.
Surgery is not recommended to treat TMJ. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends avoiding surgery to correct TMJ issues.
Locating and treating the root of the TMJ problem is critical to get permanent relief. We talked about the tremendous force that the jaw can create. Managing bite forces with a revolutionary new technology known as TruDenta (Trigger Treatment Technology or “3T” Technology) is 95% successful for a permanent relief from TMJ pain, facial pain, neck pain, persistent headaches and migraines. The TruDenta technology analyzes and displays all the different factors at play in your jaw, even down to how much pressure each tooth sustains.
A Range of Motion Analysis, another TruDenta system, measures abnormal or restricted movement in individual muscles in order to single out potential causes, creating a specialized treatment plan.
What Is TruDenta and Why Does It Relate to My TMJ?
TruDenta is a variety of pieces of technology that work together to reduce the pain and inflammation from the very beginning of treatment, with the end goal of creating lasting solutions for the symptoms and problems.
The best part about it is, there are no medications or injections, so no unpleasant side-effects! Instead, using the whole-body approach with state-of-the-art ultrasound, cold laser, microcurrent, and trigger point manipulation techniques, TruDenta helps pinpoint the problem so to be able to treat the issue at its origin.