Do you have pain in your head, neck, jaw, or all three? This is a real problem that affects just about every aspect of your life, and even simple actions like chewing and speaking can be very painful. In some cases, you may feel pain all the time, whether you’re moving your mouth or not.
These types of symptoms may be a sign that you're suffering from TMJ, which is also referred to as TMD. If you’ve been enduring this kind of intense discomfort, you already know the negative effect it can have on your life.
But, like many people, you may not understand where the pain comes from or what you can do to fix it. Fortunately, using updated treatments at Coolbreeze Dentistry, we can help you to find an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your life.
The joint that controls the movement of your lower jaw is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. But the term “TMJ” is commonly used to refer to disorders associated with this joint. You can find this joint if you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your jaw. When this joint is not working correctly or causes you pain, we use the term TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Before Dr. Kainth develops a treatment plan, we need to determine the reason for your symptoms. He will evaluate your TMJ to collect the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis. Once we establish a diagnosis, we can develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms. We always approach your treatment with the most conservative methods possible.
Dr. Kainth may also recommend a custom-made oral device, called an occlusal splint, which fits comfortably over your front teeth. You wear the device while you sleep, and it’s designed to move your jaw forward, which keeps the upper and lower jaw from coming into contact with each other. This helps to relieve jaw grinding and clenching, which can increase painful symptoms.
The only way to pinpoint the exact cause of your symptoms and the best type of treatment for you is to contact our office and arrange for a consultation. You don’t have to endure TMJ pain and allow it to control your life. We understand the negative impact that TMJ and its symptoms can have on your life, and we’re sympathetic to your discomfort. We will work with you until we find the solution that eliminates your pain so you can take back your life.
If you constantly experience unexplained head, neck, and jaw pain, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation.