TMJ disorders, affect millions of adults across the United States. This complex group of disorders affecting the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), often cause chronic pain, persistent headaches, teeth grinding, and other painful and unhealthy symptoms. The dentists at SCM Dental have undergone advanced post graduate training to effectively diagnose and treat patients suffering through TMJ therapy.
There is no single treatment for TMJ disorders, it varies greatly, depending on the specific patient. In all cases, we first begin with a comprehensive evaluation where we examine the mouth, joints, muscles and skeletal system. Aided by cutting edge technology, we are able to precisely identify the source of instability and create a customized treatment plan to relieve painful symptoms and correct problems and prevent future problems from occurring.
TMJ Therapy may be as simple as using an oral appliance such as a mouth guard or splint. Ortho-Tain makes a product that is designed to help adults in TMJ therapy. Other treatment methods may involve changing the shape, location or size of teeth to improve the timing and impact of the bite.
One in 8 American adults complain of frequent or persistent headaches. Millions are spent in over the counter pain relievers to get rid of headaches. What most people don’t realize is that 80% of headaches are caused by muscle tension and a majority of those may be caused by dental related tension. TMJ disorders can manifest themselves as headaches. Indications that your headache may have a dental origin include:
- Pain behind the eyes
- Sore jaw muscles or “tired” muscles upon awakening
- Teeth grinding
- Clicking or popping jaw joints
- Head and/or scalp painful to the touch
Contact our office for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are affected by TMJ disorders and then learn more about your TMJ treatment options.