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It is common for people to dismiss temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder) as the cause of their constant pain, be it in the mouth, head or neck. Often, persistent headaches are chalked up to stress, and ongoing neck pain is thought to be related to sleeping in an unfavorable position. While these reasons can certainly cause pain or discomfort, there could be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed – TMJ disorder.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is when the muscles and tendons of the jaw joints are inflamed either by stress or tension. The cause of TMJ disorder varies but can be associated with a misaligned bite, missing or crooked teeth, and teeth grinding and clenching (typically while sleeping).
Many physicians overlook TMJ disorder and end up masking their patients’ pain by prescribing medication that never fully provides relief. Instead, patients suffer from pain related to TMJ only to find that treating pain is only a temporarily solution as the frequency of their headaches is not cured.
How do I know if I have TMJ disorder?
If you have been suffering from headaches of migraine-like intensity or persistent neck pain, only to be prescribed pain medication to mask your pain, you could have TMJ disorder. There are other common symptoms associated with it including, but not limited to – pain in the face, head, or neck, popping or clicking sounds in the jaw when in motion, painful chewing, or lockjaw. It is important to note that these are not all the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. In fact, some cases of chronic pain could be linked to TMJ disorder, which is why you should seek the consult of a dentist who specializes in treating TMJ, should you experience chronic pain in the head, neck, or back.
How can I get relief from my migraines or neck pain?
You may find temporary relief from pain medications. However, masking your pain is not a long-term solution to treating TMJ disorder. To effectively treat your pain, we must take care of what is causing your pain. Believe it or not, but there is an all-natural, medication-free way of treating TMJ disorder. Nashville dentist Dr. Brian Devine often treats this disorder by way of a custom-made oral appliance.
How does the oral appliance make my pain go away?
The purpose of the oral appliance is to hold the lower jaw in proper alignment, which in turn, relieves the jaw joints of tension and stress. Only then can the muscles fully relax, and the pain subsides. The oral appliance can be adjusted by the dentist, which means you receive customized care throughout your treatment.
TMJ Treatment in Nashville
If you are tired of your persistent migraines or neck pain, get help today by calling Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209 to schedule your consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.