TMJ Disorder

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Do I Have TMJ?

TMJ Home Check

. Grab a hand mirror and take a quick look at your own teeth and check for the following conditions:

· Have your lower front teeth become progressively more crowded?

· Are your front teeth worn down, chipped or faceted?

· When you bite down on your back teeth do your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth so that they are mostly or completely covered?

· When you bite down on your back teeth, do your upper and lower dental midlines (the line between your two middle teeth) line up, or are they skewed?

· Do you have what looks like “Buck Teeth” or a large overbite?

· Are your gums receding?

· Do you have notches in your teeth at the gum line?

Want more? Try This: Open wide, put your pointer finger in each ear, and gently pull forward (towards your nose) and bite down on your back teeth. If you feel pressure against your finger or pain in this area, your jaw may be dislocated or inflamed causing muscle spasm, pain, TMJ injury, nerve impingement and swelling. These conditions can refer pain to other areas of the head and neck causing adverse postural changes often pushing our bodies beyond their ability to adapt and to cope. This is why a dislocated or inflamed TM joint can lead to neck, shoulder and low back pain. A great example of this body compensation phenomenon is when our entire body shifts our weight and posture away from a sore ankle until the good ankle starts to hurt from overuse and overcompensation.