Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – (TMD, TMJ)
Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ and craniofacial disorders. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. The human TMJ and jaw is essentially a lever system, complex in structure. Unfortunately this system is not ideal in design, often inefficient and subject to problems. Symptoms associated with this disorder include one or more of the following: chronic headaches and migraines, pain and ringing in the ears, vertigo (dizziness), sore/painful facial muscles, pain and/or stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and back. These symptoms are often so severe thus disabling one from normal daily activities and altering one’s quality of life.
Many of these symptoms are a result of poorly aligned teeth and an unbalanced “bad” bite. A bad bite can be caused by one or more of the following: