Seemingly incurable headache, ear pain or facial pain could be generated by your jaw joints. Due to the location of the TMJ’s, the symptoms are often very confusing and hard to pin down. The TMJ is a very complex, hard working joint which is often pushed beyond its adaptive capabilities by patients who clench/grind, or have a sleep disorder. This results in arthritis/inflammation of the joint which can cause pressure on the vestibular/cochlear nerve which is responsible for balance. This can lead to vertigo and tinnitus. Many patients have noticed an absence or reduction in ringing of the ears after treating their TMJ’s. This is much more commen than most people think. The majority of TMJ suffers are women however it also affects men, children and adolescents. A typical patient with TMJ problems has already sought help from their physician, often a number of medical specialists, often chiropractors, massage therapists, cranio-saccral therapists, sometimes witch-doctors and even Voo-doo…all to no avail. When these providers are able to provide some releif, it is transitory. Until the true under-lying reason for the problem is understood and accepted, the problem cannot be treated. The only health care providers that can truly offer help and relief for this condition are Dentists with special training in this field. It is a very difficult confusing field and most health care providers avoid it as much as possible. I recommend working with as many other health care fields as possible. Next to Dentists, the best equipped providers are the Cranial-Saccral professionals.

Often patients endure a frustrating and expensive search for answers and relief of these symptoms:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Ear fullness or pain, ringing in the ear
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw joint
  • Pain when chewing
  • Snoring
  • Acid reflux
  • Neck pain

Causes: TMJ can be caused by trauma such as a blow to the chin or side of the head. Car accidents and whip-lash are often related, however, missing, broken down and worn teeth are by far the most common causes of TMJ disorders. Teeth can appear to be perfectly straight and normal, but this can be deceiving, even to many dentists. The patient may still have problems because the plane of occlusion is not harmonious with the muscles of the head and neck. Many patients are able to adapt, but many cannot. With-out some sort of intervention all TMJ problems are one way. That is they progress and worsen until the joint becomes broken down and un-functional. This stage is usually precluded by one or many of the above listed symptoms and leads to difficulty chewing, breathing and sleeping. Diagnoses and Treatment: Our office performs a comprehensive head and neck evaluation, extensive health history.