TMJ or Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction is a very common and sometimes incredibly painful condition that affects the jaw. It has been estimated to affect nearly 30% of the population at some point in their lives, many of these people don’t get the right treatment for TMJ because it is in fact quite hard to cure.
Causes of TMJ:
TMJ can be caused in many ways, most commonly though it is triggered by stress. The muscles and tendons in the jaw become very tight and rigid, they then pull your jaw one slightly too far to one side or another, displacing it. This is the source of the pain and the start of your problems.
From here alot of other things can go wrong if proper treatment for TMJ isn’t found. Pain can spread into the face, neck and shoulder area, teeth grinding or Bruxism is a very common symptom of TMJ and can become quite serious.
TMJ Symptoms Some Signs To Watch Out For:
- Difficulty Opening and Closing Your Mouth
- Pain In Healthy Teeth
- Sinus Pain
- Sore Jaw In The Morning
- Pressure Behind the Ears
- Difficulty To Hear
- Teeth Grinding
- Locked Jaw
- Ringing in The Ears
- Teeth Clenching
- Clicking Sounds When Opening or Closing Your Mouth
- Unexplained Pressure Behind Your Eyes
- Hearing Loss
- Unexplained Headaches
If some of these symptoms sound familiar there’s a good chance you have TMJ. So what can you do about it?
Effective TMJ Treatment That You Can Try Right Now:
The best way to cure TMJ is to start doing specialised TMJ exercises that are designed to strengthen and stretch certain parts of your jaw, allowing them to relax and settle back into position. Exercises for TMJ Dysfunction are very effective, but not yet well known.
The exercises aren’t some quick miracle fix, but if you do them consistently you will notice a definite improvement of your symptoms. They are easy to do and only take about 15 minutes to complete each day. People have reported immediate relief from jaw pain as soon as doing the exercises, but this is not the norm.
You will most likely feel small changes in the first few days and really start getting the benefits after doing the exercises for about a week. Remember we are retraining your muscles, so it will take a bit of time.
Many dentists would much prefer to make you pay a few hundred dollars so they can fit a TMJ mouth guard or mouth splint into your mouth. These guards can work sometimes, but you need to find a highly skilled TMJ specialist to fit one and even then there is a chance it won’t work.
Most of these mouth guards fail to treat the root cause of TMJ, they only mask the symptoms like teeth grinding.
Additionally, these mouth guards can only be worn at night, they don’t do anything for you during the day and they don’t help the pain much. Some people often complain that they grind right through the night guards and have felt absolutely no change at all.
This is why many people are now using TMJ exercises as their preferred treatment for TMJ and fixing their symptoms permanently and safely.