TMJ, Lock Jaw and Parkinsons

Cheryl was a guest on my weekly radio show several months ago. I received permission from Dianna and Don to post the following question about TMJ and Lock Jaw that Don and Dianne ask Cheryl. If you have any insights here – please feel free to comment!

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Cheryl, can you explain a bit more about you not having TMJ or lock jaw? I’ll tell you Don’s experience, so you can compare.

Don does not have any TMJ problems, to his knowledge. His jaw does click when he opens his mouth widely, and measuring this on a computer program rated his left jaw as having a sound of 127 out of a possible 800. Don also had x-rays that showed the space between the trigeminal joint and the inner Eustachian tube is 1 cm; the space should be about 4 cm.

We were told that a branch of the trigeminal nerve and blood vessels pass through this area. Constriction of the area would put pressure on both that could cause problems. The purpose of the appliance is to shift the jaw forward, thus increasing the space and taking the pressure of the nerve and blood vessels.

Is any of this similar to your process?

Dianne and Don

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