If you place your hand on your face, right in front of your ear lobes, open and close your mouth, you can feel your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your upper and lower jaw.
Many American experience some sort of TMJ pain or even temporomandibular disorder (TMD). In fact, the National Intitute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 10 million Americans have a TMD. Additionally, around 75% of the U.S. population may experience one or more symptoms of TMD.
TMJ pain in the jaw joint is made worse during or after eating or yawning. It can cause limited jaw movement and clicks and pops during chewing. In severe cases, pain can radiate into the neck, shoulders and back.
Top experts, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIDCR, recommend conservative, reversible treatments as the best route of action. Our doctor agrees and recommends choosing non-invasive treatments first, rather than aggressive treatments, like surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw, or joint.
Chiropractic treatments may alleviate some of the symptoms associates with TMJ pain through manipulation of the jaw and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, potentially relieving tension and pain.
Local TMJ dental specialists that were trained at the TMJ Institute in Las Vegas refer to Dr. Nygaard for Atlas orthogonal before they begin their TMJ correction.