TMJ Guide

TMJ and Temple Pain - The Hidden Link

Even though more than 20 million Americans suffer from TMJ temple pain or TMJ headache, they mostly go miss-diagnosed, becoming victims of the least understood medical problems. There are a couple of reasons why TMJ headaches remain un-diagnosed or miss-diagnosed by medics. First of all, there is confusion among them about the domain whether it falls under the realm of Neurologist, Dentist, orthopedist or Otolaryngologist (ENT physicians) who should take up the cases. Confusion also haunts physicians as the pain bears resemblance to sinus headache, migraine headache as well as cluster headache. To be honest about it, people involved with the medical profession refuse to accept TMJ as a major health hazard, trying to treat the issue by way of subduing the symptoms instead of curing the disease.

 

However, to find out the root cause of the TMJ temple pain, it may be prudent to analyze the factors that are principally associated with temporomandibular joint disorder and its various manifestations.

 

The two bone structures on each side of the skull that form the temporomandibular joints consist of the mandible or the jaw, located inferiorly and the temporal bone of the skull which is located superiorly. The disc that is connected to the capsule separates the joint cavity into superior and inferior spaces. Now, under normal conditions, both sides of the joint work in a synchronized form so that the bite becomes perfect. However, the effects are not achieved by the action of the bones but that of the muscles attached to it. In fact, the muscles of mastication known as temporalis, masseter, medial and lateral pterygoid on either side of the TMJ all work together in a synchronic form in order to affect the proper bite. The TMJ syndrome occurs when this muscle synchrony goes haywire thus creating spasm, pain and inflation in the adjoining areas. Moreover, various facial tissues and nerves located in or around the joint are equally responsible for the facial TMJ pain (myofascial pain syndrome), headache including pain in the temple, earache, stiffness in the upper torso, locked jaw, clicking sound from the jaw, tinnitus, numbness in the fingers, etc.

 

The TMJ Disorder And The Temple Pain Is Caused Due To Several Factors

 

  • Trauma due to accidental injury sustained in the jaw joint or the mandible.
  • Continuous grinding of the teeth (bruxism) or clenching of the teeth when in acute mental strain. Chronic patients are often unaware of this peculiar habit that becomes a second nature in them while some even do it in sleep, little knowing the harm they are causing to themselves.
  • Chewing gums create undue pressure on the temporomandibular joint. However, it becomes worst since most chewing involves one side of the jaw, thus creating imbalance in jaw functioning, leading to TMJ misbalance and consequential problems.
  • Occupational hazard pertaining to holding of the telephone receiver between one side of the head and shoulder, the instrument giving constant pressure to one side of the TMJ.
  • Congenital (from birth) malformation of the temporomandibular joint where one side of the mandible appears shorter than the other side, thus creating imbalance.
  • Unnaturally grown wisdom tooth interfering with the occlusion when a person becomes major.
  • Other unknown reasons.

 

However, TMJ-related temple pain can be tackled only through curing the TMJ disorder that may involve both invasive and non-invasive treatment protocol. Since experienced physicians are generally not in favor of TMJ surgery, one of the more common non-invasive methods is the TMJ Neuromuscular treatment that is achieved in three stages, namely relieving muscle spasm and (temple) pain, stabilization of the bite, long-term management of the problem.

 

TMJ Cure What Really Works?

 

TMJ Neuromuscular treatment is however not the only treatment to get rid of the TMJ pain and the other signs of TMJ. There are conventional therapies (drugs and surgery) and over the counter solutions (mputhguards and splints) too. Surgeries are risky and if you opt for this, you need to consult a physician first. There are home remedies and exercises too. The fact is, many of these remedies provide some relief from the symptoms of TMJ, but they return quickly, because the root causes of the problem remain within the body.

 

The only sure relief from TMJ temple pain can be achieved through the holistic method of treatment that treats the body as a whole and identifies all the root causes of the disease that can happen from many factors. Once the causes are identified, the holistic treatment is prescribed, and with this, each of these causes is eradicated. Once the causes go away, the signs of TMJ also go with that. And as a reward, the person gets disease-free life which is full of life force and vitality. The TMJ never comes back. Needless to say, holistic remedies work much better than the other treatments for TMJ.


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