If you were recently diagnosed with TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder, you may have some questions. Let our Kennesaw chiropractor provide the answers you seek.
Why Do I Have TMJ?
TMJ occurs when the temporomandibular joint, or the hinge of your jaw, becomes damaged or strained. This can happen when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you suffer a jaw injury, or as a side effect of a chronic condition, such as a misaligned jaw bone. Symptoms of TMJ include pain, loss of range of motion of the jaw joint, swollen jaw, and head and neck pain.
Can Drugs Treat TMJ?
While pain medication can relieve pain and tension associated with TMJ, medication is a band-aid for jaw pain. Until you treat the underlying cause of TMJ, you will continue to experience pain. Chiropractic adjustments allow us to correct TMJ at the root, ending the cycle of pain.
Who Should I See For TMJ Treatment?
Our Kennesaw chiropractor can assist with most TMJ cases. Adjustments to the jaw bone can reverse bite misalignment, increase jaw joint range of motion and relieve pain and pressure of the jaw. Adjustments can also relieve symptoms of TMJ, including head and neck strain. Since chiropractic adjustments reduce stress and anxiety, stress-related jaw pain can decrease once you begin treatment.
If you grind your teeth, a custom mouth guard can prevent grinding and reduce discomfort. To get fitted with a custom mouth guard, you will need to see your dentist.
Can I Prevent TMJ Pain?
TMJ episodes can be prevented by avoiding triggers, seeing a chiropractor, and practicing stretches that keep the jaw loose. Our chiropractor can teach you proper posture and jaw stretches, which you should perform at home to stay pain-free.
Get Chiropractic Care in Kennesaw
Now that you have read our TMJ FAQ, would you like to reserve a chiropractic appointment? Call our Kennesaw clinic today at (770) 423-9010 or complete the form on our website to make your appointment. If it is your first appointment with us, your initial consultation is free.