Diagnosis: Jaw Pain
The jaw is made up of the upper jaw (the maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible), which connects to the skull at two joints called the 'temporomandibular joints' (TMJ). The joints work together to facilitate essential functions like chewing.
One of the most common causes of jaw pain is TMJ disorder (TMJD, TMD or sometimes just TMJ), which affects between 5% and 12% of people and is more commonly seen in women than men .
Symptoms may include clicking sounds, difficulty chewing or opening the mouth (including locking of the jaw), pain in the jaw, mouth or ears, headaches, dizziness or vision impairment.
What causes temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)?
Teeth clenching, grinding or opening too wide - due to regular habit when awake or asleep
Poorly fitting dental fillings, bridges, crowns or dentures - can lead to an irregular bite
Direct trauma - high force directly to the mouth can lead to fractures, sprains and strains
Medical conditions - such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, headaches, hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage
How can a chiropractor help?
Chiropractic treatment is a non-surgical means of relieving jaw pain through regular chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments can relax the associated jaw muscles and help to restore range of motion and realignment of the law.
During an initial consultation, our chiropractors perform a series of diagnostic tests, examining your jaw function, and taking a history assessment to determine the best course of treatment or referral to a specialist. Alongside chiropractic adjustment and physical therapy sessions, we also help you supplement your recovery through specific prescribed physical exercises and nutritional advice.
1. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/facial-pain/prevalence