TMJ problems can originate from the teeth, the TM Joint itself, from the jaw muscles, or from other aggravating factors such as trauma, both physical and mental. Most TMJ problems are a combination of many causes. Different causes result in different symptoms. The symptoms resulting from teeth problems will be much different from those resulting from the muscles. Teeth relationships (how upper and lower teeth fit together) can cause bruxism, and injury to the jaw muscles as well as the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint itself can be damaged from excessive jaw muscle forces from an unbalanced teeth relationship. It is important for the TMJ sufferer to understand that the disorder can be acute and chronic in nature and highly dependent upon the interaction of the multiple factors. Jaw, head and neck muscles can also cause multiple headaches and facial pain.
Even though there is no quick fix, identifying and beginning to treat the causes most likely will relieve the symptoms. Our treatment protocol is to treat the cause of the problems and not just treat the symptoms.
This information is FYI only. It is not intended to provide treatment or recommend treatment by any means or methods. Any health problems need careful diagnosis by your attending doctors.
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