TMJ/TMD Treatment in Mobile, AL.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or “jaw joints” are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth. Your TMJ get a lot of use throughout the day. They work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches or migraines. Migraines can endure anywhere from a few hours to several days and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and intense sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell.
Over the years, many patients have come to us with a variety of dental concerns and symptoms, including headaches and migraines, which can be symptomatic of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner. Multiple factors contribute to the muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. It is not clear whether some of these causes directly lead to TMD or if they are a result of the disorder. Causes may include stress or anxiety, misaligned jaw joints, bruxism (teeth grinding), poor posture, or injury to the jaw or face. Research supports the theory that a bad bite (malocclusion) can contribute to recurring migraines. When your teeth don't align from top to bottom, your ideal bite is thrown off, causing issues to your TMJ. When the muscles in your jaw become strained due to malocclusion, it can affect your head and lead to recurring headaches or migraines.
TMJ related headaches or migraines are often accompanied by other symptoms such as:
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Jaw locking
- Face and Jaw pain
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Biting or chewing difficulty
- Ear pain
For those who are experiencing frequent headaches and haven't found a cause, it's always a good idea to have a dental professional conduct an evaluation to determine if you may have TMJ and help determine a treatment if necessary. Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry offers several treatments that can relieve the discomfort of TMJ. Although treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one of several procedures, including a night guard to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth, exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles, prescription medication, Botox® and in some cases, Dr. O’Donnell or Dr. Willis may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth.
If you suffer from migraines or chronic headaches, a visit to Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry may just be the solution you've been looking for in Mobile, Alabama. Don't continue to live your life managing your migraines without exploring the possibility of a solution to rid yourself of the pain. Our highly qualified team members are dedicated to providing you with effective, up-to-date dental health solutions. Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Willis will evaluate your situation and determine if TMJ treatment is right for you. They will look at your bite, teeth wear and other factors and recommend the best treatment for your situation. All of the necessary time will be taken to work with you in finding the treatment that best fits your needs and restores your quality of life.
The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain and without pain! Don't keep suffering, give us a call today!