What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular disorders comprise a collection of medical conditions affecting one or both jaw joints and/or their associated muscles and other tissues. Symptoms include pain and difficulties in making normal jaw movements, such as those used in speaking, chewing, swallowing or forming facial expressions.
The two temporomandibular joints, located in front of the right and left ears, connect the lower jaw, the mandible, to the temporal bone of the skull. They are the most complex joints in the body, richly endowed with nerves and muscles that allow coordinated movements in three dimensions. Jaw injuries and various forms of arthritis can give rise to TMJ Disorders but in general, the cause or causes (etiology) of TMJ Disorders is unknown.
What is known that these disorders are more prevalent in women, occurring during the childbearing years, and that the female to male ratio of those affected increases with the severity of the disorder so that for patients with the most severe chronic and painful TMJ Disorders the ratio of females-to-males approaches 9:1.
Do I Have A TMJ Disorder?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, catch, when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaw?
- Have you had problems with other joints?
- Experienced any falls, accidents or traumatic injuries?
- Do you have scoliosis?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do you have sciatic pain down your leg, back pain, knee pain, hip pain;
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
If you answered “YES” to 2 or more can indicate a TMJ disorder/issue. Contact us today for a simple evaluation.
What is Medicine Wheel Dental’s solution to TMJ?
Dr. Swidler’s pioneering work in the emerging field of “whole body dentistry” has combined dentistry with Cranial Osteopathy.TMJ/Body Jaw Alignment Program™
While most dentists’ primary focus is on replacing broken teeth, bringing health to the gums and creating beautiful smiles, part of the approach at Medicine Wheel Dental is based on a totally new paradigm of understanding. Dentistry, and specifically the position of the jaw and bite, are absolutely foundational to stabilizing both body alignment, function, and helping create the opportunity for high level wellness.
Many new approaches and treatment modalities were developed and anatomical relationships discovered by Dr. Swidler during over thirty five years of clinical research and development working actively with TMJ / bite dysfunction. He has developed many treatments exclusively available at Medicine Wheel Dental.
Contact us to discuss how this program can assist you in achieving total body wellness.