It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing or hearing about a product called CBD that purportedly has the power to ease pain and calm the senses. Some even say that CBD oil may help relieve the pain and tension of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ dysfunction.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition in which the lower jaw becomes misaligned with the temporomandibular joint, causing a long list of painful symptoms including jaw stiffness, jaw pain, teeth grinding, tinnitus, headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture, and more. It can even cause damage to the teeth. Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for TMJ dysfunction, which often leaves patients looking for something to ease the pain.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a natural product derived from the hemp plant. Often confused with marijuana, CBD contains 0.03 percent or less of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC. This means you cannot get “high” from CBD, as it does not possess THC’s psychoactive properties.
But for all the good it supposedly does, can CBD really help with TMJ dysfunction?
The truth about CBD is, it may or may not work for everyone. While some swear by its supposed effects, others don’t notice any change in the way they feel and prefer more tried and true methods for handling TMJ dysfunction pain.
The bottom line is that CBD oil, even at its best, is just a mask for pain. It will not cure any ailments, nor will its effects last forever, or for very long. While it is certainly up to the individual if they want to try this product, we recommend a more permanent treatment when it comes to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Dr. Garcia is well versed in physiologic (or neuromuscular) dentistry, a form of dentistry that aims to realign the jaw with the temporomandibular joint and eliminate the pain and stiffness caused by the condition – permanently. Physiologic dentistry is not a quick-fix or temporary solution, but it is effective.
To learn more about TMJD treatment with physiological dentistry, please contact Dr. Garcia’s office by calling 305-921-0486.