TMJ Syndrome


Symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder vary. Chronic headaches can be related to the health and integrity of your TMJ (or temperomandibular joint). Interestingly, it is not uncommon for there to be a correlation between an imbalanced, dysfunctional bite and an increased tendency with chronic headaches; mostly caused by compensatory, destructive clenching habits. An imbalanced bite can trigger muscular spasms in and around your jaw joint that can turn into profound headaches and/or clicking or popping of the jaw joint. These headaches generally begin at the temples and often spread into the neck and back muscles. Soreness in the biting muscles and resultant headaches are often most profound in the early morning. Eventual breakdown of the jaw joint can be associated with a bite that is out of balance. TMJ breakdown can also result from injury, genetics, and emotional stress. However, it can also simply result from forces within an imbalanced (dysfunctional) jaw joint that exceed the joint’s capacity to resist wear. Identifying obvious triggers that can aggravate nighttime wear and these damaging forces is part of what we will be addressing.

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