Systemic Consequences of TMJ
Many of the symptoms of TMJ have obvious consequences in and around the jaw. Jaw pain and swelling, limited ability to open and close the mouth, and uneven tooth wear are all common with this disorder but, while certainly reason enough to seek treatment, are far from the only problems that can be related to TMJ.
A Chain of Events
One of the most common symptoms of TMJ is chronic headaches. These are brought about by tension that is placed on the trigeminal nerve through tensed muscles and misaligned joints. This same pressure can cause generalized facial pain in addition to:
- Ocular (eye) pressure
- Ear ringing and pain
- Nasal pressure and pain
What’s more, pressure on this, the largest nerve in the face, can result in vertigo, neck pain, and severe backache. These consequences can, in turn, be exacerbated by stress.
One of the most damaging systemic consequences of TMJ is postural changes. These changes, brought about by increased tension and pain in the neck and back, can compress and impede the function of internal organs, ultimately resulting in digestive problems. Because this occurs so far from the jaw, TMJ is often overlooked as a possible cause. This is highly unfortunate – only through treating TMJ can its systemic impact be reversed.
The neuromuscular dentists at our Mesa office offer a number of personalized TMJ treatment options to help restore alignment and prevent serious, painful, and potentially damaging symptoms from recurring. During your TMJ consultation we will listen carefully to your symptoms, fully assess your jaw and facial muscles, and help you determine the most effective way to restore comfort and health to your body.