If you have regular headaches or jaw pain, then you may need to see your Tucson, AZ, dentist. These could be warning signs of TMJ disorder, a common oral health issue that leads to serious complications. With TMJ therapy, we want to help you avoid discomfort and enjoy a healthier smile. But how do you know if your headache is linked to this jaw joint disorder?
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMD occurs when the temporomandibular joints undergo excessive strain. These joints connect our skull and jaw, and are vital for maintaining the actions needed to eat and speak. In the long run, the disorder has been linked to difficulties eating and speaking, as the jaw has trouble fully opening and closing. Factors behind the strain could include tooth loss, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, teeth grinding and jaw clenching, and high levels of stress in your daily life. As part of your treatment, we will identify the causes and severity of your TMD.
Headaches and Jaw Pain
People with the disorder report a number of uncomfortable symptoms that occur frequently. For example, headaches are common, as well as jaw pain or a clicking and popping sensation in the jaw. Facial discomfort, as well as aches in the neck or shoulders may also develop. If you grind your teeth, then tooth sensitivity and toothaches could also arise. If you begin to experience regular pain in your smile, then you should contact our team for a diagnosis.
Oral Appliance Treatment
How do we treat TMJ disorder? We may address bite imbalance or misalignment with orthodontics or even a new custom restoration, such as a crown. However, the most common solution is TMJ therapy. After taking detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, we will create a custom-made oral appliance. Worn at night, the device will actually reposition the jaw to ease strain and help you avoid uncomfortable symptoms. If you grind your teeth, then device helps prevent further damage to the smile by placing a barrier between your upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMJ disorder, then contact our team today. We can discuss TMJ therapy and other possible solutions!
Do You Have Questions About TMD?
We can find a solution to your TMD-related discomfort to help you avoid pain in your head, neck, or jaw. Don’t let your jaw joint disorder cause you pain and oral health complications. For more information on our preventive treatment options, including TMJ therapy, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.