TMJ-Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction And TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Dysfunction:

Each side of the jaw is hinged to the skull and this joint is known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Low grade muscle contraction type headache or migraine can result from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Possible causes include new dental fillings which may unbalance the bite. Grinding the teeth while asleep (Bruxism) and continued stress during the day (See Short Pain Inventory) can initiate and exacerbate the pain.

TMJ Management:

Dental and maxillo-facial surgeons can adjust the bite which includes fitting special dental gum shields during the night. Tricyclic antidepressants can help when taken prophylactically. Other approaches include relaxation and stress management programs. (see our SPIĀ© test).

Source: Dr Andrew Dowson

Publication Date: July 2003


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