If Your Jaw Is Locking or Popping, It Could Be TMJ
Have you ever woken up with severe pain in your jaw, which makes you not even to laugh? That feeling that your jaw is locked up? This may be because you are suffering from Temporomandibular Dysfunction TMD also at times called TMJ is a dysfunction characterized by headaches, pain when chewing, and pain accompanied by noises when opening your mouth.
There are several issues that we consider in a TMD case. To start with, we need to take a look at how the jaws identify with each other to check whether there is a disparity between the location at which the teeth guide the jaws to close and the point where the muscles or joints actually want to close.
In case the issue is identified with jaw position, we need to deliberately figure out a better position and later how to make a nibble support that will enable your jaw to rest in that pain-free position.
The second consideration is trying to figure out if you are grinding or clenching your teeth amid the night. This can be sufficient to trigger jaw fatigue and muscle spasm.
Grinding or clenching aggravates the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that influences three territories: the eyes and forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. In response to stress, the trigeminal becomes overstimulated, resulting to migraines.
Treatment for Jaw pain can be as straightforward as adjusting one or two teeth, or it may be as broad as relaxing the muscles using a TENS or designing a splint to be worn over the teeth at night. If you feel that you are suffering from TMJ, you can make an appointment with us then you can undergo diagnosis and treatment for the discomfort. No need to continue suffering.