“There is a significant relationship between TMJD and neck pathologies“
-Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Med and Dental Science
What Causes TMJD?
TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a collective term for a broad range of disorders displaying a variety of signs:
- Radiating pain in the face, neck or shoulders
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking or grinding when opening or closing the mouth
- Significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
- Symptoms can also include headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty swallowing (1)
- Cervical spine disorders are perpetuating factors for TMJD, although most patients do not attribute the symptoms to neck pain.
(1) American Chiropractic Association, 2001
The prestigious Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the cervical spine in TMJD patients, even without cervical (neck) complaints. These findings are supported by the Journal of Cranial and Clinical Oral Investigations. At True Potential Chiropractic, we are trained to examine your neck and jaw to determine the best course of co-managed care with your oral health provider. The position of the head and neck are intricately connected. With proper care and treatment of unknown spinal disorders, TMJD patients can achieve pain relief and correction. Treatments at True Potential enable the body to respond to dental changes so that care received from your Oral Care Physician has greater and lasting results.
TMJD Patients Receive:
- Full examination and Doctors report to determine the best treatment plan
- Pre and post x-rays for making clinical decisions
- Multiple re-exams to evaluate progress
- Gentle and safe adjustments performed by licensed and trained Chiropractic Physicians
- Exercises to strengthen and stabilize the jaw and neck
- Therapies that balance muscles for proper function