TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
Understanding your jaw pain is often difficult and frustrating, especially when you are experiencing pain. For those that have never experienced TMJ pain, it is often difficult to empathize with those that experience jaw pain.
Temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ, can express pain in the jaw joint and muscles of jaw movement which make it possible to open and close your jaw, neck pain, and even headaches. The TMJ is one of the most nerve-rich and therefore sensitive joints in the body. Slight changes in the joint, chewing motions, stress, or trauma can cause significant pain.
Especially in the mouth, small changes can produce large stresses. You likely have experienced this if you have had a small seed stuck between your teeth. During your consultation, we will perform a detailed examination to identify the cause or your TMJ pain, coordinate with your dentist or oral care provider, so we can create an effective game plan to get you on the road to recovery.
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Do you suffer from TMJ Pain?
One of the many ailments we treat on a regular basis at Coastal Chiropractic is TMJD (TMJ Disorder). Dr. Keith Mirante is a leading healthcare professional for TMJ in Madison, CT, and surrounding communities. Dr. Mirante also co-manages TMJ cases with your oral care provider, and he is extremely passionate about his work in this field.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) is a collective term for a broad range of symptoms displaying such as:
- Limited Movement or locking of the jaw
- Muscle Spasms in the jaw area
- Painful clicking or grating 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, facial pain, and difficultyswallowing.
Once your examination confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Mirante will determine the proper course of treatment. Chiropractic treatment of TMJD can alleviate symptoms by correcting misalignments in the spine and re-positioning the jaw. We provide therapeutic exercises specific to the jaw, neck, supporting muscular structures, and improving posture also help to improve tracking and movement.
Often times your dentist may fit you for an appliance, also known as a bite guard, this helps improve your results by preventing night time clenching and grinding of the teeth. Dr. Mirante will work with your dentist to provide maximal results.
The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the cervical spine in TMJD patients, even without cervical complaints. These findings are supported by the Journal of Cranio and Clinical Oral Investigation as well. At Coastal Chiropractic, we are trained to examine your neck and jaw to determine the best course of co-managed care with your oral health physician. Treatments at Coastal Chiropractic & Wellness enable the body to respond to dental changes so that care received from your oral health physician has greater and lasting results.
If you have the symptoms of TMJ and are located in New Haven or Middlesex County along the shoreline of Connecticut, give our office a call and let us help you find lasting relief.