Most people are not familiar with the medical term TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD. Therefore, it is often misunderstood and under-diagnosed. It is estimated that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ. Many patients suffering from this joint syndrome do not realize they have this problem. Our neuromuscular dentist can help you to diagnose and treat this painful syndrome.
TMD is often ignored because its symptoms are easily confused with other problems. You may want to visit a qualified neuromuscular dentist, such as Dr. Warr, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and you have not found a long-term solution:
- Headaches and migraines
- Sharp neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Jaw joints that click and/or pop
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Facial pain
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Chronic jaw pain
- Limited jaw movement or locking jaw
- Numbness in the fingers and arms
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Sleep problems
- Trigeminal neuralgia
TMD / TMJ occurs as the result of excessive strain on the jaw muscles, which is caused when the jaw itself is misaligned. This can be caused by a number of things, such as stress or worn down areas of your teeth. Once this misalignment occurs, it impacts the bones, teeth, and muscles, which is many times the cause of the above symptoms.
Only when all three components are balanced and physiologically healthy are you able to enjoy optimal comfort.
Neuromuscular dentistry helps your facial and jaw muscles find their optimal position. Through this, the occlusion or bite of the jaw is improved in order to eliminate the pain you are suffering.
Once Dr. Warr has determined what is causing your problems, he can begin explaining your possible solutions. TMJ treatments start with modifying your bite with a comfortable appliance, or orthotic. This typically results in almost immediate relief of your pain!
Dr. Warr then considers a number of factors to determine what type of TMD treatment is best for you. Most importantly, the extent of the disorder, your age, and overall health will be considered when he develops a strategic plan for your optimal oral health.
The Relationship Between TMJ / TMD and Headaches and Migraines
It has been established that more than 85% of the pain in the head and neck area is from muscles being over strained in the area. Restoring your muscles to a balanced and healthy relationship can provide longer-term, and some times permanent, relief from migraines.
Dr. Warr has treated a number of migraine patients through the use of neuromuscular dentistry techniques. Some types of migraines include: temporal migraines, cluster migraines, 'hormonal migraines', and stress-related migraines.
There is an answer for head and neck pain, and in many cases it begins with a healthy, natural bite.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or are interested in learning more about TMJ / TMD from our neuromuscular dentist in Salt Lake City, please call or email us today for a free consultation. We proudly serve those from Salt Lake City, West Jordan and Midvale, Utah.