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Temporomandibular Joint Therapy (TMJ)
Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from facial pain and headaches caused by issues with temporomandibular joints. These joints, one on each side of a person’s face, function as sliding hinges that connect the jawbone to the skull. TMJ syndrome is the title for all types of pain located in and around one or both jaw joints.
Dr. Khademazad at Grand Prairie Family Dental, PLLC, works with patients to come up with a customized treatment plan for TMJ related facial pain and headaches in Grand Prairie. The treatment option that is right for you will depend on the causes and severity of your condition. We will be able to accurately determine the best course of action for your situation during your initial consultation.
Causes & Symptoms of TMJ Facial Pain and Headaches
TMJ causes facial pain and headaches and is most common in individuals who are between the ages of 20 and 40. Also, women tend to experience the problem more often than men. Because of the complexity of your TMJ anatomy, disorders and pain can be common. The cause of TMJ syndrome and facial pain and headaches is not always clear but usually relates to genetics, a jaw injury, arthritis, grinding of the teeth, or problems with the muscles of the jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Facial pain
- Pain in either or both TMJ joints
- Pain when opening the mouth
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty chewing
- Fatigue in the facial muscles
- Ringing in the ears
How Dr. Khademazad Can Help
The complexity of TMJ anatomy can be a bit daunting. But, when you know the basics of how your temporomandibular joint functions, it may help you better understand how you can keep it in good working order for many years to come so you no longer have facial pain and headaches.
The first step to treating TMJ is to visit our experienced orthodontist for a physical examination. This may include the use of digital x-rays to help us pinpoint the source of your problems. From there, we can advise you on a treatment that is right for you.
Grand Prairie Family Dental, PLLC offers two main treatments for TMJ, including:
- Non-surgical stent therapy: Seeks to re-establish a state of harmony among the components of an individual’s masticatory (biting) apparatus
- Bite balancing and equilibration: Used to re-contour an individual’s bite to create a balanced fit between one’s teeth and prevent grinding and clenching
For help with TMJ-related facial pain and headaches in Grand Prairie, call or contact us now.
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