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TMJ Disorder

Suffering from headaches?

Many headaches are caused by muscle tension due to jaw misalignment. Dr Van Treese has received extensive training to assist him in diagnosis and treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms that may indicate a headache is from a dental problem?

  • Headaches in the temple area
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Sore jaw muscles or tires muscles upon awakening
  • Teeth grinding
  • Clicking or popping jaw joints
  • Head and scalp is painful to the touch
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain

How is TMJ disorder diagnosed?

The actual diagnosis is made by a TMD trained dentist who accumulates and analyzes all of the information from your patient history. You will be asked a series of questions to better guide the dentist in the evaluation of your conditions.
Questions may include:

  • Where is your pain most generally felt?
  • How long have you had the pain?
  • Would you describe the pain as aching, burning or stabbing?
  • Is the pain worse at any particular time of day?
  • What eases the pain for you?
  • What medications have you taken for the pain?
  • Does it hurt to chew?
  • Has your jaw ever popped or locked?
  • Have you noticed any crookedness in your jaw?
  • Do you clench or grind your teeth?

 

What type of treatment is available?

Many patients will need a custom oral appliance as initial treatment. This is a hard or soft plastic device which is worn over either the lower or upper teeth. This helps to re-align your bite and allow the muscles to relax. As the muscles relax, you will begin seeing headache relief. The plastic device, called a splint, is adjusted over time by the Dentist until the pain is relieved. Harmony in the mouth is reestablished allowing the TMJ to function normally. Several options exist to finalize the bite including niteguards, orthodontics and equilibrations. You along with Dr. Van Treese willl determine the best option for you.

 

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