It doesn’t seem imaginable that a problem within the jaw joint, such as an imbalance or misalignment, could possibly mean life or death; however, the story of Vickie Heisler proves otherwise. Vickie suffers from both TMJ and arthritis in the jaw, two conditions that lessen the overall stability and health of the jaw joint. One day, when Vickie was eating a steak dinner with her husband, her jaw suddenly locked and she was unable to chew or open her mouth. This caused the piece of steak to lodge in her throat causing her to choke, which eventually lead to breathing problems. Thankfully, her husband was able to dislodge the piece of food, but this story should serve as a warning to TMJ sufferers.
With Vickie’s story in mind, it’s obvious that TMJ should not be ignored or neglected. Not only does TMJ cause aches and pains that never go away; it can cause the jaw to lock up, which could be fatal in rare circumstances. Without proper TMJ treatment to correct the bite and properly realign and balance the jaw, the effects will continue.
Constant facial pain, jaw pain, neck pain and migraine-like headaches are all symptoms associated with TMJ. If you suffer from any of these problems, your jaw joint could be to blame. Don’t let the painful symptoms continue. Instead, get the TMJ treatment you need.
For more information about TMJ treatment, call or email Dr. Serra’s office today. With the right treatment, TMJ-related symptoms will be a problem of the past and your life will change for the good!