Understanding TMJ and TMD
Does your jaw joint make popping or clicking sounds? Does the joint area become painful or the areas near the joint hurt? If so, you may have referred to it as "TMJ". TMJ is the joint and TMD is the condition. The damage can continue causing more severe issues and even locking the jaw, making it impossible to chew or talk. The earlier this issue is detected, the easier it is to correct.
The solution to effective treatment is to first properly diagnose and find the reason you have these symptoms. One cause of TMJ/TMD symptoms is from blunt trauma (accidents like whiplash, falling or sports). The other cause falls into long term repetitive traumas. Repetitive trauma can be very complex to diagnose, but we can do so using the diagnostic tools in my office, including: neurological testing, radiographic 3-D scanning, computer function analysis and other methods.
How Mouth Breathing Causes TMJ
Our bodies are physiologically designed for nose breathing. When we’re breathing through our nose, all the developmental forces are balanced. Unfortunately, many of us breathed through our mouth when sleeping as children and teens, which unbalanced the forces of development, leading to tooth and jaw deformations that contribute to TMJ/TMD.