What is TMJ

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

So … What exactly is TMJ? Do you ever wake in the morning feeling like your jaw spent all night at the gym while you slept? Do you have trouble hearing your own thoughts due to the cacophony of popping and clicking in your jaw? Has it ever felt like you’d never be able to open your jaw, or get …

It’s all connected

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

“Your jaw bone’s connected to your…” Connecting the dots . . . A misaligned jaw can affect your entire body or a specific part of it. The slightest imbalance in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, premature wearing of your teeth, poor body posture, decreased strength and flexibility, compromised breathing airways, muscles tenderness and many, many …

Where is my TMJ?

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

Where’s my TMJ? Location, location, location While your Temporo Mandibular Joint may be quite a mouthful to pronounce, it’s actually quite easy to locate. To find your jaw joint, trace your finger to right under your cheekbone – just in front of the middle of your ear. When you open and close your jaw, can you feel that movement? Do …

TMJ, TMD, TMJD…Confused?

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

TMJ, TMD, TMJD…confused? Jaw Terminology 101. It’s easier than you think. In trying to get to the bottom of all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing – headaches, back pain, jaw pain, etc – you have probably ran into a lot of different terms, that can be difficult to understand. TMJ, TMJD, temperomandibular joint, TMD. What do they all mean? Scratch …

I’m looking older than I feel…

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

Time may heal all wounds but it makes a lousy beautician. Nothing gives away your age more than your smile. When a bad bite is thrown into the equation, the wear and tear on your teeth can radically impact the appearance of your face. Suddenly you start to see your lips changing shape. Wrinkles and creases form and deepen on …

My mouth isn’t working right…

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

A healthy mouth that opens when you want it to… You are at a dinner party, enjoying the company of friends and taking delight in making new ones. You sit down to begin enjoying the lovely feast set before you and you are unexpectedly aware that you can’t open your mouth… You feel helpless and embarrassed. If you suffer from …

I’m in pain…

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, What Is TMJ

When pain is controlling your life, well… that ain’t no life at all. You’re not entirely sure what’s at the cause and you aren’t entirely sure when it started. What you do know is you are in pain – all the time. You can’t function, concentrate or focus… You are alienating your family and friends… You really just don’t care …