If you’re in pain each time you chew your food, we’re here to help you find relief. Pain when chewing is a symptom of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the surrounding facial muscles.

We can provide relief for this disorder and get you back to enjoying your favorite foods pain-free. Our professional and experienced team will create a custom treatment plan for you, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

If you’re suffering from TMJ, don’t hesitate to call us today. We can help you find the relief you need!

What Is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint is the connecting point between your lower jaw and skull. You can find the joint on both sides of your head, in front of your ears. It permits your jaw to open and close, giving you the ability to speak and eat.

The acronym “TMJ” has also been used to refer to a group of health issues affecting your jaw. TMJ disorders are increasingly abbreviated as “TMD,” or “TMJD,” to distinguish the temporomandibular joint from them.

These disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain in your temporomandibular joint, face, neck, and shoulders. You may also experience headaches, dizziness, ringing in your ears, and difficulty opening or closing your mouth.

Types of TMJ

There are three main types of TMJ disorders:

Myofascial pain:

This is the most common type of TMJ disorder. It’s characterized by pain and tenderness in the muscles that control your jaw. The pain is often worse when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.

Internal derangement of the joint:

This type of TMJ disorder occurs when the structures inside your temporomandibular joint are displaced. It can be caused by dislocation, injury, or arthritis. It can lead to pain, clicking, and popping sounds when you move your jaw.

Degenerative Joint Disease:

The constant use of a joint or the aging process can lead to its degeneration and/or inflammation. This might be caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or a perforated TMJ disc.

Causes of TMJ

There are many different causes of TMJ and TMD. Some common causes include:

  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a common cause of TMJ, as it can lead to the deterioration of the cartilage in your temporomandibular joint.
  • Dislocation: Your jaw may become dislocated if you receive a blow to the face or if you have a joint disorder.
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism): This habit can put excessive stress on your temporomandibular joint, leading to pain and other symptoms.
  • Stress: Stress can cause you to tighten the muscles in your face and jaw, leading to TMJ pain.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.

Symptoms of TMJ

The symptoms of TMJ can vary depending on the type of TMD you have. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulders
  • A clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
  • Jaw locking or dislocation
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • Treatment for TMJ

How we can help

At our chiropractic office in Uniontown, Ohio, we offer a variety of services to help those suffering from TMJ. We’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan that fits your specific needs. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

Call us today at 866-505-1317 to schedule a consultation. We can help you find relief from TMJ pain!

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