Did you know that your unexplained chronic headaches, earaches, and other facial pain could be caused by instability in the jaw joints (TMJ)?
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), commonly known as TMJ, are a complex group of disorders, often characterized by chronic pain and limited mobility in the jaw. Few medical professionals have experience diagnosing and treating TMJ-related disorders. Doctors Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill have focused much of their post-graduate training on TMJ therapy and bite correction.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
While there is no single cause for TMJ disorders, there are a number of factors that can contribute to the condition, most commonly, trauma to the head or face. Some patients experience TMJ pain, other signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- TMJ pain, pain in the jaw, face, neck or shoulders
- Popping or clicking in the jaw joints
- Worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Chronic earaches
Because TMJ disorders are so complex, there is no single course of TMJ treatment. After a careful review of the patient’s medical and dental history, as well as a comprehensive oral examination and diagnostic x-rays, our dentists will make a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Depending on the complexity of the condition, one or several treatments may be necessary to correct the instability and repair any damage to teeth or gums. TMJ treatment commonly includes oral appliance therapy such as a splint or mouth guard and occlusal equilibration to ensure proper contact of the upper and lower teeth.
TMJ and Quality of Life
TMJ disorders can significantly affect your quality of life. For some patients, TMJ disorders are brought on by accidents or trauma. Other patients have chronic symptoms spanning years, often seeking treatment from other medical professionals without success. The goal of TMJ therapy at Barataria Dental is to educate the patient, restore instability and improve long term quality of life.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have TMJ pain, chronic headaches or other related symptoms, contact Barataria Dental to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained dentists.