Clicking and Popping are common TM Joint (TMJ) symptoms.. They are not the symptoms that make patients seek treatment. Clicking and popping is a sign of an internal derangement in the TMJ but usually have little or no pain associated with them.
The reason to seek treatment is usually because of pain. Pain destroys the quality of life. The pain in TMJ disorders is usually Myofascial Pain. Myofascial Pain is best addressed by utilizing neuromuscular dentistry in conjunction with trigger point deactivation using Travell Spray and Stretch Techniques, Trigger Point Injections and/ or SPG Blocks to address autonomic nervous system problems.
There is also a great deal of neurologic pain commonly associated with TMJ disorders. The Somatic nervous system is directly addressed with a diagnostic orthotic, postural correction, elimination of harmful habits and eliminating trigger points The autonomic nervous system is also a major player in Chronic Pain problems. If there is excessive sympathetic activity it creates a wide variety of problems not directly associated with the jaw muscles, jaw joints or teeth. The Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block can act as a reset button for the autonomic nervous system.
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Acute migraine or headache can often be turned off or symptoms significantly improved easily with SPG Blocks. . The use of SPG blocks at home, self administered by the patient can be a game changer for anyone suffering chronic pain issues.
Painless TMJ Clicking and Popping should be noted, evaluated and watched but treatment really becomes needed when symptoms disturb the quality of life. Proactive treatment of clicking and popping only should be addresssed consevatively unless the patient wants it treated.
Locking of the TM Joint is completely different and should be addressed ASAP, especially a close-lock which can lead to permanent damage to the diskand retrodiscal lamina of the TM Joint