The way we bite determines the health of our joints. They are subject to enormous pressure when the teeth are removed/ eroded or improperly restored. TM joint or the jaw joint pain can also manifest as chronic headaches. The bite or occlusion can be modified or corrected to reduce the stress on the joints.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the lower jaw, or mandible, to the temporal bones at the sides of the head. TMJ dysfunction may cause any one or a number of following symptoms: pain in the facial region, Headaches, Difficulty or pain in chewing food, Limited and painful opening and movement of the jaw, Clicking sounds in the TM joint.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be the cause of secondary headache. The TMJ may become painful and dysfunctional as a result of incorrect alignment of teeth and jaws, trauma and pathological conditions. In severe cases, the TMJ may require surgical correction
Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Disorders
The TMJ disorders are treated either conservatively (non-surgical) or surgically. Most of the cases are normally managed without resorting to surgical intervention.
Conservative Non Surgical TMJ Disorders Treatments
Non-surgical treatment for TMJ disorders includes physical therapy, lasers, appliances, medicines and counselling. Stress is one of the major contributing factors in TM joint disorders and some of these patients may need psychological evaluation and counselling.