TMJ TherapyAn Overview
Do you experience daily morning headaches? Do you suffer from chronic facial pain in the jaw, back or neck?
For many patients, regularly occurring headaches and persistent jaw pain are symptoms of complex bite disorder known as TMD. TMD affects the health and function of the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Patients with TMD often have an underlying misalignment of the jaw.
Patient with TMD may experience:
- Daily headaches
- Jaw pain
- Facial, neck or upper back pain
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Sensitive teeth
Dr. Kerri Bourgeouis and our dental associates help patients diagnosis and treat the underlying cause of TMJ disorders. We address the functional misalignment as well as the dental concerns caused by prolonged bite issues.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ can be difficult to diagnose and treat. There is no one cause of the painful disorder. A well-trained dentist can often pinpoint the underlying cause so that patients can find relief. Common causes of TMJ pain include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Past trauma to the head, neck, or face or jaw joint
- Malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
How do I know if I have TMD?
For many patients, the symptoms of TMJ lead them and their doctors to believe they have other medical issues. Patients can go many years without finding relief from their painful symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Headaches, especially right after waking up
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches