TMJ Guide

TMJ Disorder: An Insight

TMJ disorder, which is also known as Myofacial Pain Dysfunction and Costen’s Syndrome comprises of a series of multifaceted problems that affects the Temporomandibular Jaw joint in humans. And since so many of us are suffering from the TMJ disorder these days, it has now become a matter of grave concern. Making matters worse is the fact that, the signs of TMJ never seems to go away. With some medication or treatment, it may seem like they are gone… but give it some time, and they are back with a bang.


But what is it in the TMJ disorder that causes so much of a problem and the associated pain as well? And why is it so difficult to offer a permanent cure? Let us take a look. Since a number of facial tissues, bones, ligaments and nerves located in or around the joint are involved in creating most of the problems, it often becomes difficult to fix it unless diagnosed at an early stage. Here we will cover all the aspects of this disorder including its causes, symptoms and cure.


What causes the TMJ disorder?


One reason that causes the problem is the constant grinding or clenching of teeth due to excessive stress or mental agony. In most cases people are completely unaware of this dodgy habit and therefore it becomes a second nature with them, and of course this does not help the matter as well. And there are those who even do it in sleep. Nevertheless, it creates unusual pressure on the Temporomandibular Jaw joint, thus creating problems like headache, stiffness in the upper torso, pain in the ear, locked jaws, clicking sound from the jaw, numbness in the fingers, etc. This is often referred to as TMJ pain or pain associated with the TMJ syndrome.

Habitual gum chewing for hours on end also puts undue pressure on the TM jaw joint, causing it to malfunction. Then again, there are those who are in the habit of biting their fingernails, thus giving rise to TMJ disorder.

Trauma to the jaw joint that may be caused by non-fatal car crash or injury sustained in the jaw bone due to other reasons can give rise to TMJ disorder too.

Occupational habit that entails holding the telephone receiver between the head and shoulder for long hours has been found to cause TMJ disorder.

Congenital malformation of Temporomandibular jaw joint can also lead to the TMJ disorder at a later stage.

Badly formed wisdom teeth grown on maturity leads to uneven bite and consequential mis-alignment of the jaw joint which in turn gives rise to TMJ disorder.


Symptoms of TMJ disorders


  • Headache and facial pain are common symptoms of TMJ disorder with around 85% patients complaining of headache. And the others report acute facial pain which is worse during the evening hours. This sense of uneasiness increases with exposure to cold weather and longish stay in air conditioned rooms.
  • Painful ear is a frequent symptom of the TMJ disorder. More than 50% of people who are suffering from the TMJ disorder have reported pain in the ears though no contagion has been found during routine examination by ENT surgeons. The pain is localized below the ear and above the jaw joint.
  • Crunching, grating or popping sounds that are clinically termed as Crepitus and heard by TMJ patients is considered to be symptoms of TMJ disorder as well.
  • Apart from these, patients who are suffering from the TMJ disorder also complain of ringing in the ears (Tinnitus).
  • Dizziness (not vertigo) affects around 40% TMJ disorder patients.
  • Around 33% of patients with TMJ disorder complain of fullness in both the ears.


TMJ Cure – Is It Possible To Get A Permanent Remedy?


Quite honestly, there is no specific treatment of the TMJ disorder that is if you are opting for conventional medications (drugs and surgery), over the counter treatments (mouthguards and splints) and also with the natural approach that includes the use of herbal supplements. There are some sufferers, who have tried TMJ jaw exercises to solve the problem, and though there might be some relief here, but the relief is never permanent.


But that does not mean that the person who is suffering from TMJ pain has to go on suffering from it. There indeed is a solution that can provide everlasting cure. If you are suffering from TMJ, you should try holistic remedies. As opposed to the conventional approach that just treats the symptoms, the holistic approach treats the body as a whole and identifies the root causes of the problem and eradicates them. And once these root causes are gone, the symptoms go away too. But if you are treating the symptoms, the causes remain and so the symptoms appear again.


Because of this unique approach, holistic remedies have been so successful in the treatment of TMJ.


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