TMJ Guide

TMJ Syndrome:
Causes, Symptoms and Cure

The TMJ disorder has now become quite a serious issue because a huge number of people in the United States and in the other countries as well are affected by this and they suffer from TMJ pain. And since it is chronic in nature, the pain seems to be coming back, again and again. No matter what TMJ disorder medication the person opts for, it does not seem to be helping. And obviously, this has made this a matter of grave concern.

 

What Is TMJ And How Does The TMJ Syndrome Happen?

 

TMJ Syndrome or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome is a physical disorder that often affects our jaw joint. Located right below the ears, it connects the lower jaw bone (mandible) to a portion of the skull (temporal bone) in the form of a hinge, thus causing the jaw to open and close. However, it is assisted by facial tissues, muscles, nerves and ligaments while a soft disc of cartilage that lies between the temporal bone and the mandible absorbs mild shocks suffered by the joint while we chew or bite something very hard.

 

The peculiarity of this joint lies in the fact that it works as a hinge on one hand, allowing the mouth to open and close, while on the other, it permits the mandible to slide forward a bit to facilitate proper bite. It also helps us to chew, holler and yawn.

 

However when something goes wrong with this joint, the person begins to suffer from headache, neck pain, ear pain, numbness in the fingers and difficulty in opening the mouth. This is often referred to as TMJ pain and it is frequently associated with clicking or popping sound when we try to bite any food item.

 

TMJ Syndrome Causes

 

Even though there are quite a few controversies concerning what causes the TMJ syndrome, (whether prolonged Tinnitus causes TMJ syndrome or TMJ syndrome gives rise to Tinnitus),  degenerative joint diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, trauma and bruxism tops the list of its causes. The jaw joint, like any other joint in the body, can be affected by arthritis and this leads to the degeneration of the joint, gradual loss of cartilage, and in some cases, even the formation of unwanted new bone in the joint. This naturally upsets its normal movement pattern. Rheumatoid arthritis, as we are aware, causes inflammation of the joint, which in the case of TMJ can have alarming effects in children. Since it is an autoimmune disease concerning antibody factor against immunoglobulin G (IgG), it creates multisystem inflammatory disorder in the TNJ.

 

But that is not all. There are other causes of the TMJ disorder as well. Trauma caused due to incessant grinding and clenching of teeth as in bruxism affecting the alignment of bite can result in the development of TMJ syndrome as well. Moreover, TMJ muscles that get affected due to bruxism add to the problem, thus giving rise to facial pain (myofascial pain syndrome). Trauma caused due to external issues like fortuitous injury to the jaw damaging the jaw bone or the disc often causes TMJ syndrome too.

 

Symptoms OF TMJ Disorders

 

Temporomandibular Joint symptoms include pain in the facial tissues and muscles that can radiate to the neck or the shoulders. Facial muscle spasm is a common symptom of the TMJ syndrome. Many people who are suffering from the TMJ syndrome also have painful episodes while talking, chewing and even when opening the mouth. Although this pain generally starts from the jaw joint, it may shift elsewhere, covering the skull. Headache incidentally is another familiar symptom originating from the temporomandibular joint as is ear pain and giddiness. Most people suffering from TMJ syndrome complain of tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and progressive loss of hearing. Clicking and popping sound associated with closing o opening of the jaw is the commonest symptom of TMJ syndrome.

 

TMJ Relief Is There A Solution At Hand?

 

The fact is, healing of the TMJ syndrome arising out of degenerative joint disorder is difficult to cure. Splints or teeth guards that were earlier used to prevent teeth clinching have been found to create more problem than help. There are of course conventional drugs and surgery too that many claims can cure TMJ. But that is not the case. Even natural remedies that use herbal supplements and home remedies cannot provide lasting relief, though a temporary relief is possible. Some do exercises to relieve TMJ, but the story is much the same here as well.

 

The only way to permanently cure TMJ is through holistic remedies. Treating the body as a whole, these remedies identify all the root causes of TMJ and then these causes are eradicated. This is the much better approach because just treating the symptoms without identifying the root causes (the approach of conventional treatments) can never help. Once the root causes are eradicated, the symptoms of TMJ goes away automatically and the disorder does not come back ever again.


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