Are you tired of popping pain killers to get through the day? Does your head throb, your neck ache, and your jaw pop? Have you been to see multiple doctors, but they just suggest muscle relaxers or lowering your stress? Join the crowd. Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ disorder, a common ailment that causes all kinds of discomfort — from difficulty biting and chewing to chronic migraines. Dr. Chet Hawkins can help! Our TMJ disorder treatments can stop your pain, relax your jaw, and help you start smiling again.
What is TMJ Disorder and What are the Symptoms?
Your TMJ is the Temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your head. TMJ syndrome or disorder is caused when the Temporomandibular joint and the muscles surrounding it and enabling it to move, shift, and function get overloaded by stress and go into spasm. TMJ disorder or TMD most often occurs as a result of:
- Clenching or grinding
- Stressful lifestyles
- Trauma or whiplash
- Poorly balanced restorations
- Missing teeth
- Or a host of other causes.
Whatever the cause, TMD most often presents itself in ongoing clenching and grinding, a muscular reaction that can lead to worn-down, broken, or even lost teeth.
Symptoms can be so diverse and misleading, that many patients go from doctor to doctor trying to find a diagnosis and help, to no avail. If you experience…
- Headaches or migraines
- Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Cracking, grinding, or popping noises in the jaw
- Tingling of the fingertips
- Numbness in your fingers or arms
- Sensitive teeth or loose teeth
- Clenching or grinding
- Ear congestion
- Ringing in the ears
- Limited mouth opening
- Locking jaw or pain when you yawn, laugh, or chew crunchy foods
…please give Dr. Hawkins a call.
How We Approach Treatment
The first thing we have to do is get your muscles relaxed. We do that by creating a custom splint, specially created, fitted, and adjusted to relax your joint. It’s the very first and most important step, but treatment usually doesn’t end there.
We keep working with you, adjusting your splint as your muscles change, and offering support and, often, supporting dental or medical treatments as well, which could include:
- Botox injections
- Jaw and face relaxation exercises
- Lifestyle adjustments
- Restorative dentistry
- Ongoing use of a mouth guard
As with any of our other dental care, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your needs, your schedule, and your budget so you can find relief, save your teeth, and get back to living to the fullest.