New Vision Dentistry has the treatment you need to relieve TMJ issues and Headaches.
If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, pain in your neck and shoulders, a locking feeling in your jaw, and pain when you bite down, you could be suffering from a TMJ issue. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint located in front of your ear. The TMJ is the hinge you feel when you open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. The TMJ can malfunction or become irritated, causing temporomandibular joint disorder.
Your mouth depends on the TMJ to function properly, and any irritation of the TMJ can cause significant issues, including:
- Resistance when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Sleeping issues
- Muscle soreness in the jaw, neck or shoulders
- Pain in the jaw and molars
TMJ disorders are triggered by a few different factors, including genetics, arthritis, trauma, jaw dislocation, and bite misalignment, but one of the most common causes of TMJ disorders is bruxism and chronic jaw clenching. Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw can wear away your molars and increase pressure on the TMJ, causing it to become irritated and more vulnerable to damage. TMJ disorders can be difficult to detect without proper care because some of the symptoms of the condition lead patients in the wrong direction in search of the problem. In fact, doctors frequently recommend patients with chronic migraines for TMJ evaluation because the condition is often found to be the root cause of migraine and headache pain.
Dr. Azouz, Dr. Behl, and our expert team will first perform an exam to evaluate the function of your TMJ. This includes an alignment analysis and examination of your teeth for any signs of wear or damage. X- rays are also used to view the jaw and TMJ to determine the best plan of action for treating your TMJ disorder. Comprehensive treatment for TMJ disorders usually consists of a collection of services that include an intervention to prevent further damage, appliances to relieve pressure on the TMJ and treatment for any underlying issues causing TMJ irritation.
At New Vision Dentistry in Citrus Heights, CA, our team as extensive experience in treating TMJ disorders, and we are here with the support you need to improve the function and feel of your jaw. Call our team today to schedule your exam so we can begin designing the TMJ disorder plan to relieve your pain and restore mouth function.