How Jaw System Problems Affect the Rest of the Body
Some TMJ symptoms are easy to link to dysfunctions in the jaw system, such as jaw pain or worn teeth. Others, though, may seem less obvious.
There are two primary means by which jaw problems expand beyond the jaw. First, there may be direct involvement of the muscles in question. When the jaw muscles can’t do their job, they will recruit other muscles to help them. This spreads tension from the jaw to the head and neck, and it can even promote tension far away as those muscles recruit additional help.
The second method might be described as “collateral damage.” The temporomandibular joint exists at the body’s crossroads, where many nerves and blood vessels as well as the body’s primary airway, all cross. When the jaw joint isn’t working in a healthy way, these nerves and blood vessels can be pinched or pressured. The airway can be compromised, being partly or fully closed, and resulting in snoring or sleep apnea.
By correcting dysfunctions in the jaw system, neuromuscular dentistry teaches us, symptoms related to either of these mechanisms can be alleviated.
To learn whether neuromuscular dentistry can be used to treat your symptoms, please call (201) 343-4044 or email the River Edge Dental Center for TMJ, Sleep Apnea, & Reconstructive Dentistry.