TMJ headaches are almost unbearable.
It’s estimated that as many as 35 million Americans suffer from “mystery pain” – in their head, neck, shoulders and arms.
In an effort to find the source of it (and relief), they sometimes travel from doctor to doctor seeking answers. Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, they take antibiotics and prescription painkillers with no luck. At times, they may even be told, and believe, it’s “all in their head.”
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
Any one of these conditions deprives people of their ability to function in a healthy, normal and optimal way – seeing life as a joy rather than something to get through. In many cases it’s been so long they have no idea of what they are missing.
Waking up to a headache or migraine every day simply takes the fun out of it – and eliminating this pain can give people back the happiness, confidence, optimism, even passion they had forgotten.
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.
- Head, neck, shoulder or arm pain
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Numbness in fingers
- Worn, cracked, loose or broken teeth
- Sore or stiff jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Pain with chewing
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- Clinching or grinding of teeth
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Uncomfortable or multiple bites
- Notching of teeth (abfractions)
- Shifting teeth or bite
- Tinnitis (ringing in the ear)
- Ear pressure or fluid buildup
- Chronic sinus infections
TMJ also affects the external appearance of many people – adding years of aging as a result of the following:
- Wrinkles caused by loss of lip support
- Angry or frowning look
- A smile with little teeth showing
- Over active or enlarged facial muscles
- Facial asymmetry
- Forward head posture
- Straining to smile
Ignoring any these problems can lead to irreversible damage of the teeth, gums and jaw joints.
Stop worrying and call us at (972) 618-5000 for a pain free consultation. Our doctors can provide effective TMJ treatment to relieve pain attributed to TMJ disorder.
A Social Cost – Hurts Too Much To Talk
Everyone wants, and needs, to feel good about themselves and be free of pain to perform at their best. It’s hard to feel sociable when you’re in excruciating pain – in fact, usually you don’t feel like doing anything.
Also, often without realizing it, TMJ sufferers may distort their smile, with a sort of grimacing effect, which can cause others to perceive them as unhappy or unfriendly and avoid them.
Either way, people’s entire lives can be affected with social loss – personally and professionally.
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) 618-5000 for a pain free consultation.
Your TMJ Dentist at Imagecare.
Imagecare Dental in North Texas, has the experience and education to evaluate and solve your TMJ pain-related issues. Experts in the field of jaw advanced credentials and training which includes:
- Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry
- Membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Four years of advanced training in TMJ and Occlusion at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry
- Oral Sedation training at the prestigious Baylor College of Dentistry
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!