Chronic facial pain and dento-facial migraine headaches are not normal and you do not have to endure them. If you have tenderness in the jaw or frequent head and/or neck aches, there is a possibility you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or dentofacial pain dysfunctions.
Your Temporomandibular Joint
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the foundation of the chewing mechanism and makes up the lower third of the face. Without proper joint health and function, nothing else functions properly. Assessing your joint health is an essential part of our thorough restorative approach to dental care.
Causes of TMJ/TMD Disorder
The causes of TMJ/TMD disorder can range from injury to anatomical irregularities with regard to the joint and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Treatment of TMJ/TMD Disorder
There are approaches to treatment called “Neuromuscular dentistry,” and older established approaches relating to centering the jaw joint in a position called “CR.” There is no clear consensus on which approach is perfect in the profession, and we consider a full evaluation of your problems and concerns essential before any treatment.
Techniques continue to be developed, including cold lasers and digital bite analysis. We are highly experienced and trained in diagnosing facial pain and resolving TMJ and dento-facial pain syndromes.
Treatment of TMJ disorders is more of a therapy than a quick fix, as this condition has usually developed over a long period. TMJ disorder also requires careful management specific to your individual needs.
We Can Help!
We are committed to your comfort, and we want you to have optimal functioning in your jaw. We want you to be able to chew, eat, speak, smile, laugh, and sing without discomfort. Imagine how good relief will feel!
Visit us for a thorough TMJ and dento-facial pain evaluation. We can help.
TMJ/TMD treatment in our Baltimore, MD dental office may include:
- Occlusal equilibration.
- Deprogramming splints.
- Bite analysis (jaw recordings).
- Occlusal orthotics or appliances.
- Sleep analysis.
- Imaging of the joint itself by CT scan.
- Doppler sounding for joint abnormalities.
Relieving the symptoms of TMJ/ TMD disorder does not have to be complicated. Allow us to provide the level of care you deserve and experience restored comfort and function. Call us today with your questions and concerns.