If you suffer from a variety of chronic pains, including migraines, neck and shoulder pain, back aches, and have tried multiple treatments with no real long term relief, you may it may be caused by a problem with your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) are small joints in front of each of your ears that keep your lower jaw connected to your skull. They are some of the most intricate joints in your body. This complex network of teeth, bones, muscles, tendons and nerves are normally associated with manipulating your jaw and mouth to speak and chew, but when there is a dysfunction, it can also cause problems in other areas of the body.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
When the Temporomandibular Joint does not function correctly it is a called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). The most common cause of TMD is Malocclusion, otherwise more commonly referred to as a "bad bite." In this case, your upper and lower teeth are misaligned and do not close in the correct way, whether functioning or at rest.
When the teeth and jaw are out of alignment, even very slightly, they cannot support the muscles in the face needed to chew, swallow, talk, etc. These muscles are then forced into a more strained position that can cause pain throughout the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms and back.
Even if you have perfectly healthy, white teeth, and have a straight smile after years of orthodontic treatment, your jaw may be out of alignment and may cause painful symptoms of TMD.
If you, or someone you love, are experiencing chronic pain with no relief, it may be time to contact our Las Vegas Office. Schedule your TMD / TMJ consultation at Wagner Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada today.