If you suffer from TMJ Disorder you may live years with pain that is never properly diagnosed. You may suffer from headaches, muscle pains, cracked teeth, neck and back issues, nausea, ringing in the ears, and more. You could have one or all of these symptoms or other problems not listed. You could have symptoms that seem to come and go or you may have pain that is more chronic. As you can assume, the way in which TMJ Disorder presents itself can be a confusing case for doctors and patients alike. Because the manifestations of TMJ Disorder are also common ailments of other common syndromes, the wrong tests and wrong relief is often prescribed. Ringing in the ears can be diagnosed as an ear infection. Headaches can be attributed to dehydration or stress. Muscle pains can be a result of strenuous exercise, and so on and so forth. If you have chronic pain that you can’t seem to get to the root of, it could be TMJ Disorder.
Your temporomandibular joint, also know as your TMJ, is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and facilitates normal movements such as chewing and talking and yawning. If you are experiencing any disruption in the full range use of this joint, the results are painful and unpredictable. Nearly ten million American adults currently suffer from TMJ Syndrome to some degree. TMJ Syndrome can often come and go, correcting itself on it’s own. More often than not, however, TMJ Disorder needs special attention and treatment. As we have seen, this treatment can be hard to come by due to the deceptive nature of TMJ Disorder. Most doctors, whether they are your general practitioner or your general dentist, are simply not attuned to looking for TMJ Disorder. They are not trained in neuromuscular diagnosis. Finding a neuromuscular dentist to help diagnosis and treat TMJ disorder is often the only way to find relief that works.
Only TMJ Specialists will recognize firstly that your symptoms could be associated with TMJ Disorder. General practitioners will first explore perhaps more “obvious” causes for the chronic pain or disruptions you are experiencing. They may prescribe certain medicines to combat the pain or order a MRI to further explore the reasons behind your symptoms. Unfortunately, MRIS are not always effective in finding TMJ so it can still be overlooked as a cause for your problems. Pain medications are only temporary relief and can also be addictive. A neuromuscular dentist can actually treat the actual cause of your problems, which is TMJ Disorder. Instead of masking your problems, they fix them. With advanced technology and special training a TMJ dentist can help you on the road to recovery.
TMJ Relief can be hard to find because many doctors don’t know to look for it. If you are suffering from chronic pain that appears to have no end in sight, despite the multiple diagnoses and prescribed solutions, it is time to contact a TMJ Specialist. A dentist that is a specialist in neuromuscular dentistry may be able to provide the relief that you are seeking.