Jaw Pain Treatment
TEMPEROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION
Temperomandibular joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a common problem often found in individuals between the ages of 20 and 40. Approximately 33% of the population has at least one TMD symptom and 3.6% to 7% of the population has TMD with sufficient severity to cause them to seek treatment.
We understand how frustrating and debilitating Jaw Pain can be, but we can help
What is Jaw Pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed by the bony round knuckle at one end of the jaw bone riding in a partial dish-like part of the skull that allows for hinging and sliding of the jaw with the aid of a fibrous disc. Muscles of chewing are primarily responsible for movement of this joint.
Problems can develop in the jaw for a number of reasons. Sometimes it can be trauma, postural habits, stress, chewing habits, neck problems and alignment of teeth. We can work with your dentist, prosthodontist or orthodontist to alleviate your pain and improve jaw function.
Sometimes the disc in the jaw can move forward, backward or even sideways and contribute to locking, clicking, popping or grinding. We take the time using our extensive training, knowledge and experience with treating jaw problems to assess what is causing your problem. We then work with you to correct the dysfunction, carefully explaining why the problem exists and how to remedy the problem. This often means you will be given home exercises to perform.
Safe & Fast
All techniques involve targeted, slow and sustained pressure. There is NO manipulation (cracking) of the spine.
80% of people assessed have treatable and relevant dysfunction. Most of these will see significant changes in the first two weeks.
No drugs, needles, toxic chemicals or side-effects. Just correcting a previously misunderstood fault in biomechanics.
Faulty Jaw Indicators
- Clicking/grinding/ popping Jaw
- Pain/ Tiredness of Jaw
- Locked Jaw (your lower jaw can be stuck /locked closed or open)
- Night grinding (bruxism) / clenching and worn / cracked teeth
- Tight cheek muscles/ Facial pain/ ear ache/ headache
- Jaw stiffness – difficulty opening mouth
- Mouth does not open straight
- Problems with biting, chewing and eating
- History of facial or jaw injury Some studies suggest that between 5% and 12% of the population suffer from Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMD). From our experience, it is not a surprising figure.
Getting to the root cause of your jaw problem involves a complex individual assessment of contributing factors and analysis of jaw biomechanics. At Bangalow Headache Clinic Michael has trained extensively in both Australia and overseas to develop significant expertise in successfully treating jaw problems.
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Our experts treat a number of headache and jaw pain issues, and have a high level of knowledge and experience with any pain you may be suffering from.