What is TMJ?
Many people who struggle with chronic pain every day are suffering from a condition called TMJ and TMD without even knowing it. What is TMJ as opposed to TMD? TMJ disorder and TMD are basically the same things – they both refer to problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it. The only difference is that TMJ is the more common term, whereas TMD is the more correct term.
What Causes TMJ and TMD?
There are many different causes of TMJ syndrome. They include:
- physical injury
- grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep
- autoimmune diseases
- dental surgery
TMJ may also present as a result of hormonal, environmental and genetic reasons. The only way to identify the underlying cause of TMJ, and therefore the right course of treatment, is to obtain the opinion of a medical professional.
Symptoms of TMJ
People who suffer from TMJ pain will also often experience TMJ headaches and persistent ear and jaw pain. This pain can sometimes happen randomly, although most TMJ sufferers will experience it on a regular basis. Those with TMJ may also complain about pain when eating and chewing, and others may also experience a locking of the joint, making it difficult to open and close their mouth freely. A general tenderness of the jaw may also point to TMJ.
Those who are desperate for TMJ pain relief will often turn to TMJ surgery, which is invasive and not always effective. Here at The Head and Neck Centers of Excellence, we believe that the best treatment for TMJ pain is our exclusive non-surgical A.S. Remodeling Protocol®. Gentle and drug-free, it could be a solution to your TMJ problems and will start to help eliminate symptoms after just a few visits and consultations with its creator, Dr. Andrew Smith.
Why the Head and Neck Centers of Excellence?
We strive to help those struggling with TMJ pain without the need for invasive, painful surgery and without the need for drugs. Our gentle approach will have you living life the way you want to much sooner than you could ever have expected.
If you would like to learn more or perhaps want to book an appointment with us, do not hesitate to get in touch. You might also like to view our previous patient testimonials to get a better idea of how the A.S. Remodeling Protocol® could potentially change your life.