TMJ and Whole Body Pain

Dentists Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

Disorder of the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is located where the jaw and skull meet, like those treated by The Smile Centre in Sarasota and Venice, Florida, can cause widespread pain throughout the entire body.

The neuromuscular dentists at The Smile Centre have the experience to help reduce your TMJ-related pain and restore your quality of life. Please contact us today online or at (941) 444-2480 in Sarasota or (941) 444-2468 in Venice to schedule an appointment with our TMJ dentists.

Everything is connected

Believe it or not, misalignment with your bite can cause discomfort in locations that are well away from the TMJ itself. An uneven bite can be associated with pain in the

  •     Head, neck, and shoulders
  •     Back
  •     Hips, knees, and ankles
  •     Feet

In short, disturbances in the jaw can propagate throughout the body and create discomfort even in seemingly unrelated sites. A simple TMJ imbalance forces the muscles of the head and neck to compensate. Over time, this compensation creates an imbalance downstream in the vertebrae, from where it can spread to other parts of the body. This simple example is just one of many potential mechanisms for whole body TMJ-related pain.

As the imbalance moves throughout the body, even distant regions can be affected. Normal activities may begin to cause pain, and you could be at heightened risk for sprained and strained muscles.

Nerve problems

The TMJ can also affect the neural pathways of your body. Both in the temporomandibular joint itself, and in other locations along the spine, muscle imbalances can pinch nerves, resulting in tingling, pain, and numbness in affected areas like the fingers and toes.

Relief is possible

At the Smile Centre in Sarasota, we address TMJ-related whole body pain by addressing the root cause of the disorder. We first perform a thorough examination to identify the source of your TMJ disorder. We then recommend a personalized TMJ treatment plan that may include one or more of the following.

  •     BOTOX injections
  •     Intramuscular trigger point stimulation
  •     Massage therapy
  •     Ultra low-frequency transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (ULF-TENS)
  •     Custom orthodontics
  •     Full mouth reconstruction
  •     Removable orthotics

By addressing the underlying cause of your TMJ-related pain, we can often reduce or eliminate the full-body discomfort that can accompany it. Our TMJ therapies generally focus first on symptom relief, and then once the pain has been reduced, we move on to permanent, systemic solutions.

If you suffer from TMJ and regularly experience pain throughout the body, relief may be just a phone call away. Our dentists are experienced neuromuscular experts and look forward to serving you. Please contact one of our Florida TMJ dentists today at (941) 444-2480 in Sarasota or (941) 444-2468 in Venice to schedule your TMJ evaluation.