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Jaw Pain Limerick, TMJ, TMJD

has excellent results treating Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJD. In our clinic we work with the alignment of the vertebrae in the neck and jaw, as well as with the muscles of the neck and with the TMJ disc that can be replaced in the TMJ joint. This is a gentle, low force technique involving massage of the soft tissue, gentle muscle stretching and specially tailored exercises.

Contact us on 061-446454 for an appointment.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)

TMJD is a jaw disorder that can affect the neck, back, ears and head if untreated. It can also affect breathing, eating and sleeping and can be incredibly painful. TMJ diseases and disorders are a collection of conditions characterised by pain in the jaw and surrounding tissues and limitations in jaw movements.

These joints allow movement up and down, side to side, and forward and back; all the mobility necessary for biting, chewing and swallowing food, for speaking and for making facial expressions.

Temporomandibular disorders fall into three main categories:

  1. Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMJD, which is discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function and the neck and shoulder muscles;
  2. Internal derangement of the joint, meaning a dislocated jaw or displaced disc, or injury to the condyle;
  3. Degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint.

A person may have one or more of these conditions at the same time.

TMJD Causes:
Not all causes are known. Some possible causes or contributing factors are injuries to the jaw area, various forms of Arthritis, dental procedures, genetics, hormones, low-level infections, auto-immune diseases, stretching of the jaw as occurs with inserting a breathing tube before surgery, and clenching or grinding of the teeth.

TMJD Symptoms:
Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. TMJD pain is often described as a dull aching pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, which comes and goes. Some people, however, report no pain, but still have problems using their jaws. Other likely symptoms include:
  • Being unable to open the mouth comfortably,
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw,
  • Radiating pain in the face, neck, shoulders or back,
  • Painful clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth,
  • A sudden, major change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together,
  • Headaches,
  • Swelling on the side of the face.

Additional symptoms may include: ringing in the ears, ear pain, decreased hearing, dizziness and vision problems.

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