TMJ headaches are almost unbearable.
Our TMJ Dentists can help relieve your painful TMJ and Headache symptoms.
People with chronic pain suffer far more than the physical pain. In fact they lose the quality of their life to something that can feel vague, undefined and disconcerting because they don’t know what it is or what to attribute it to.
Living with unexplained, sometimes incapacitating, physical pain can cause a host of other debilitating emotional issues such as:
- Loss of sleep
- Feelings of helplessness
- Dependency on painkillers
Could It Be TMJ?
The culprit of this “mystery pain” is often TMJ, a condition known as bite dysfunction or disharmony.
TMJ involves the jaw joint – one of the most complex, delicate and used joints in the entire body. While potential contributing factors to TMJ – including stress, posture, drug use, bodily trauma and disease – are far too numerous for this discussion, a “simple bump” can prompt it.
TMJ can affect the most constant and normal of functions, for example getting stuck (dislocating) as you open and close their mouth while eating/chewing, yawning or yelling. It can also affect your ability to swallow, breath or make facial expressions.
Sometimes even talking can be painful, which touches every area of life and relationships.
Potential Signs and Side Effects of TMJ
If any of the following signs are present, chances are it may be TMJ/bite dysfunction that, if not corrected, can put the health of your mouth, teeth and jaws at risk.
TMJ also affects the external appearance of many people – adding years of aging as a result of the following:
A Social Cost – Hurts Too Much To Talk
The Ideal Smile – Free of Pain
In a healthy and comfortable smile, the teeth, jaw joints and muscles function together in harmony – creating a more naturally attractive and youthful appearance.
However, appearance issues aside, healthy jaw joints also have less:
- Orthodontic relapse
- Periodontal (gum) problems
- Tooth wear
What Is The Treatment for TMJ?
A good treatment is a conservative treatment that begins with no irreversible changes. As the treatment progresses along a path of certainty (and the pain begins to alleviate), other, more permanent, treatments for advancing goals may be introduced.
The first step is to meet with a TMJ qualified dentist who will give you a comprehensive diagnosis to accurately evaluate your chewing system. This diagnosis includes mounted study models of your teeth and other examinations.
How Long Does It Take to Get Results?
Every case is unique. Some people report pain relief in as little as 24 – 48 hours after initial treatment – for others it can range from two weeks to several months – depending on how extensive their problem is.
Who Can Help Me If I Do Have TMJ?
Not every dentist has the expertise to assess the jaw-to-bite relationship properly and work with TMJ patients.
It’s extremely important to consult with a dental professional who is highly experienced specifically in the evaluation and treatment of TMJ disorder.
Finding the right dentist with TMJ qualifications can save you time, money and reduce medications – while also producing a satisfying result. Call 972-360-3232 for a pain free consultation.
Your TMJ Dentist at Imagecare.
Dr. Thompson and our dental team have helped patients with TMJ/bite dysfunction who initially came to them seeking answers and pain relief.
After an accurate diagnosis is completed using the 5-Step TMJ Evaluation Process below, a solution will be presented to restore health and harmony to your bite and chewing system.
Imagecare’s 5-Step TMJ Evaluation Process
- Mounted study models of your teeth
- Dental examination
- Periodontal examination
- Jaw Joint Evaluation
- Muscle Examination
Imagecare Dental is committed to helping people with TMJ pain, headaches, age-worn smiles and bad bites regain their lives with beautifully rejuvenating, long lasting and comfortable smiles!