I am looking for TMJ near me to treat my headaches and neck pain.” This is something we hear on a regular basis from patients dealing with constant discomfort who do not know where to turn. This is understandable because both headaches and neck pain are such common conditions, few really know what causes them or what to do about it. In turn, most people treat these problems with painkillers and do not actually address what is causing them in the first place. While you may not think about the dentist when you get a headache, perhaps you should. We can help provide you with relief, and here is why:
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
TMJ is a condition that impacts people often without them knowing it. Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your head. It is responsible for you being able to open and close your jaw, bite down, and apply force or pressure. If you overwork it, the joint can become sore, you can experience TMJ disorder and its many symptoms. These symptoms include a sore jaw, facial pain, lockjaw, headaches and neck pain. If you have these symptoms while you are also sick with a cold or sinus infection, watch to see if they go away when you get better. If so, then you can probably rule out TMJ. If they linger or come about when you are otherwise healthy, you likely have TMJ disorder.
“I need options for TMJ near me.”
If you are tired of living with discomfort and ready to begin treatment, we encourage you to call our dentist office right away. We can examine you and determine if TMJ is likely the cause of your headaches and neck pain or sore jaw. If so, we can provide you with a non-invasive treatment solution that is easy and highly effective. This is because we have found that many people suffer from TMJ due to grinding or clenching their teeth at night. When you do so, pressure is applied to your temporomandibular joint, and like any joint or muscles, overuse will result in pain and soreness. Just like you cannot work out your arms for eight hours at a time, you cannot exert constant force on this joint while sleeping and wake up feeling great.
With that in mind, treating the condition is fairly simple. We can make an impression of your mouth and take measurements to fit you for a night guard. This guard will be created in the dental lab so it fits snuggly and securely. When you wear it, the fit will be comfortable enough to not interrupt your sleep. Simultaneously, the guard will prevent your upper and lower teeth from touching. This will stop you from grinding or clenching your teeth at night, making it possible for your joint and facial muscles to remain in a relaxed state. This should provide you with relief for your headaches and neck pain.
If you are looking for “TMJ near me,” give us a call today.
Call our Leawood, KS, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.