TMJ Problems and Solutions

dental-blog 5 October 2011 | 0 Comments

Chewing is something that is done without thinking about it.  When that simple movement causes excruciating pain, there is cause for concern.  This can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, often abbreviated to TMJ.  It affects the muscles that are used when chewing and those connecting the skull and the lower jaw.  Pain in the jaw often shoots up and a headache starts.  Dr. Maya and his Studio City dental office can provide high level dental care that eliminates these headaches.

Most TMJ symptoms are caused by the strain on the structures around the joint including the teeth.  The precise cause of TMJ goes undiagnosed in many patients.  However, one thing that is known to cause it is a bad bite, and the habit of grinding the teeth at night.  However, not all teeth grinders have TMJ.  When it is caused by a bad bite, patients can experience a headache, cracked teeth, strained mouth movements and a click or pop when the mouth is moved.

TMJ can usually be managed many different ways, including using relaxing and stretching exercises around the jaw to remove the tightness causing the pain.  Massage is commonly used to do this.  Heat and cold packs, as well as pain medication may be used.  At our Studio City dental office, we have found a way to prevent TMJ headaches by taking care of the dental problems that cause them.  We do this by examining the teeth using a digital x-ray machine that clearly shows the teeth in great detail.  We also look at the nerves and gums to see what could be causing the pain that moves upwards and is felt as a headache.

Dr. Maya is able to find the underlying problem which would have been impossible to detect using standard strength x-rays.   We employ a number of methods to take care of the problem, depending on what the problem is.   Dr. Maya may decide to use Invisalign to correct a poor bite, put in a nightguard, or Botox treatment for your TMJ.

Many patients have found lasting relief from TMJ headaches once the dental problems have been taken care of by Dr. Maya.  He is doing what other Studio City dentists may choose to refer to other dentists.

Please call our Studio City office for a free consultation!  Dr. Maya will be happy to help you with your TMJ problem.

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