TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as the jaw joint. It’s the most complex joint in the human body, and if it isn’t functioning properly, it can cause significant pain and discomfort because of its proximity to a number of large facial nerves. TMJ pain can manifest as severe headaches, which are frequently misdiagnosed as migraines. It can also cause facial, neck and shoulder pain, and sometimes even affect the ears.
TMJ dysfunction can happen for a number of reasons. Some people experience jaw damage in an accident. Others suffer from bruxism, a condition that causes them to grind their teeth and place stress on their jaw. Jaw damage can also occur due to misaligned teeth or a misaligned bite due to old dental work. Many people experience pain because of a combination of factors; for example, a poor bite can cause unconscious tooth grinding, which leads to TMJ pain.
Dentists who have been trained in neuromuscular dentistry understand the relationship between the joint, muscles and teeth, which enables them to solve TMJ pain. Dr. Sturm successfully treats patients with a mouth orthotic that greatly diminishes headaches without medication.
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