One of the current explanations for why people with TMJ have such a hard time getting good treatment is that the problem isn’t with the temporomandibular joint, but, rather, with the brain. Some people have proposed that TMJ is actually a problem of central sensitization, in which the brain becomes more sensitive to pain in some individuals.
It’s likely that not all TMJ is the result of central sensitization, and for many people, we can head off that issue, if we act quickly.
And, of course, one major problem many people face in getting successful TMJ is finding a qualified expert to treat their condition. In Nashville, TN, TMJ dentist Dr. Kent E. White has the training and experience to treat TMJ, and he can help many people achieve relief before they develop sensitization.