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TMJ

TMJ

TMJ Treatment From Our Doctors in Oviedo

The joint that connects your jawbone to your skull is called the temporomandibular joint. It acts like a hinge that allows you to open and close your mouth. A temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, can cause joint and muscle pain. Fortunately, this condition can be treated by our doctors at Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic.

Who Is At Risk For TMJ?

Although anyone can develop TMJ, there are certain factors that increase your risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Long term grinding of the teeth
  • Long term clenching of the jaw
  • A bite problem from poor teeth position and mechanics
  • Neck trauma
  • Neck misalignment
  • Poor posture from positions like a heavy cell phone or computer use
  • A previous injury to the jaw
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Various types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Tenderness in the jaw
  • An aching feeling around your ear
  • Trouble chewing
  • Pain while chewing
  • Neck pain
  • A nagging facial ache
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Swelling on one side of the face
  • Headaches

How Is TMJ Diagnosed?

Our doctors can diagnose TMJ during an examination. In fact, Dr. Eric Janowitz, our chief chiropractor performed his senior research work in the analysis and correction of TMJ using co-mangement with dental providers and specific chiropractic and massage care procedures. Our doctors will listen and feel your jaw, check the range of motion of your jaw, and press on various areas of your jaw to identify where the pain or discomfort is occurring.

Our doctors may also order image testing, including:

  • X-rays to examine the neck along with prior images of the teeth and jaw, and to check for any other issues that can be causing your symptoms.
  • A CT Scan will give our doctors a detailed image of the bones involved in the joint.
  • An MRI will give our doctors a good look at the soft tissue in the area.

How Is TMJ Treated?

There are a few treatment options for TMJ. Typically the first person who helps with TMJ is your oral health care provider.  Your dentist may prescribe a mouth splint or a bite guard if they see wear and tear on the teeth from grinding.  Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.  It is very rare that the will perform a surgery to the TMJ, but they often prescribe a more complex mouth guard.  Others prescribe pain medicine and some others elect to put botox injections in the muscles of chewing or in the neck.  Chiropractors typically caution against botox because it is a nerve toxin that can cause damage to the nerve.  Cutting edge dentists often work with cutting specially trained chiropractors, like the ones at Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic, who use specific TMJ chiropractic protocols to gently help restore the normal function of the TMJ joint and help with the popping, clicking, or pain. Click here to watch an informative video on TMJ.   One of them being chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a long-term treatment that can help ease your symptoms of TMJ. Your chiropractor can alleviate any tension or dysfunction in the spine with a chiropractic adjustment. This can reduce the pressure on various nerves in the body. With continued care, your chiropractor can treat your condition.

If your TMJ was brought on by teeth clenching or teeth grinding, a mouthguard could prevent the condition from worsening or recurring.

Another treatment that can help with your condition is corrective exercises. Your doctor can loosen the jaw by strengthening and stretching the muscles surrounding it.

We Are Your Clinic in Oviedo For Chiropractic Care

If you are suffering from TMJ, schedule an appointment with Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic. The chiropractors at our clinic can create a TMJ treatment plan to help relieve your pain and improve your range of motion. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 407-359-2757.

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