Dentist Virginia Beach – Are you having a TMJ Problem? The article below talks about solution to chronic pain and headaches.
Tmj Problems: Finding A Solution To Chronic Pain And Headaches
Do You Have:
- Headaches, neck or back pain
- Earaches, congestion or ringing in the ears
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Tired jaw or pain when chewing
- Locking of the jaw when opening
- Limited jaw opening
- Dizziness and fainting
- Facial pain or pain behind the eyes
- Numbness in the hands
- Swelling on the side of the face
If you have any of these symptoms, you could have a problem with your jaw (TMJ). When left untreated, these symptoms may lead to increasing muscle pain, and trigger points (knotted muscles) that can send pain to different areas including your neck, eyes, ears, shoulders and lower back. Early treatment is essential as conditions that are left untreated can worsen over time.
Tmj Solution – How To Deal With Tmj Headache
Dentist Virginia Beach – The jaw is not the only area affected by TMJ. TMJ patients can suffer from facial pain and, as a result, get facial inflammation, too. On top of that, one could also possibly experience ear pain and ringing. One other TMJ related condition is the TMJ headache.
In severe cases, a TMJ headache may be felt throughout the head area. In a lot of cases though, the pain may only be felt in the temple region. A TMJ headache is actually referred pain or pain that originates from the jaws and radiates to the temple area. This type of headache is considered a tension type of headache and may further radiate to the neck, shoulders and back regions.
To help evaluate the health of the TMJ (jaw joint), a complete medical and dental history must be taken, including the recording of any trauma such as car accidents, whiplash injuries or general anesthetics.
Further diagnostic testing includes complete head, neck and posture evaluation with state-of-the art tomographic x-ray equipment to assist with the visualization of the jaw joints and other related structures. Measurement of the dysfunctional muscle activity and abnormal jaw movements will be achieved using the latest in computerized diagnostic modalites including EMG.
Phase One Treatment Objectives
The objective of phase one treatment is to stabilize the lower jaw in its correct position to reduce the patients symptoms, improve the jaw movements and reduce the muscle spasms which cause headaches. Sometimes a second phase of treatment will be necessary following the successful completion of Phase I jaw stabilization. Phase two options may include orthodontics, crown and bridge dental work, or fabrication of a permanent dental device.
Patients benefit from conservative, non-surgical treatment provided. Dr. Slabach analyzes the TMJ records, including the x-rays, and then presents recommendations at a final consultation appointment to which spouses are encouraged to attend. If the jaw is out of alignment, the patient will be asked to wear a comfortable dental orthotic (splint) which covers the lower back teeth and makes it easier for the patient to speak.
Patients who clench or grind their teeth will be asked to wear a different, night time splint to reduce painful muscle spasms, headaches and other symptoms.
Both of these splints are made to a specific jaw position unlike a standard bite plane or nightguard.
The Team Approach
Frequently the team approach involving medical doctors, neurologists, ear, nose and throat specialists, chiropractors, massage therapists and physical therapists is necessary to diagnose and treat patients with jaw joint, head and neck problems.
Self-massage For TMJ Disorder, Jaw Pain, And Headache
There are many different symptoms of TMJ disorder such as pain in the jaw joint, a clicking and popping jaw, headaches, facial pain, ringing of the ears and more. For more information, contact David K. Foster, DDS, MAGD or call 757-301-4550.