How To Treat Jaw Pain Following A Dentist Visit
Jaw pain or TMJ syndrome – short for tempomandibular joint – is one of the more common conditions reported following a dental procedure. Most often seen after a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction, the jaw is kept open for a long period of time and this leads to strain on the muscles that surround the TMJ.
Some of the symptoms associated with TMJ syndrome are; jaw clicking, pain in the front of the ear or side of the head, pain at the back of the head or neck near the base of the skull, headaches and difficulty with chewing foods. These symptoms usually start a few days after the procedure and may last for up to 6 months if not properly treated.
Dentist’s normally treat this with a mouth guard to prevent jaw grinding and clicking, but the problem often persists. The reason being – its not so much a joint problem as it is a muscle problem affecting the joint. The muscles of mastication (long name for chewing) have been strained due to the lengthy dental procedure. As a result, the muscle strain is now putting stress on the TMJ – leading to the clicking, headaches and host of other symptoms.
The solution ?
Remove any interference to the nervous system first. It controls all the muscles of the jaw, so it only makes sense to check there first. Checking the neck for cervical subluxation – or interference to the nevous system – ensures the nerves exiting the spine are clear and unobstructed. It’s the innate intelligence flowing through the nervous system that heals the body.
We know how painful a toothache can be…..but there’s no reason why you should be trading it in for jaw pain !
Contact our clinic to learn more about our TMJ treatment program.
To Your Health,
Dr. John Filo
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