Many people suffer from TMJ and never know it. These people treat their symptoms with pain medication often prescribed by doctors and never address the cause of symptoms. TMJ can cause chronic and persistent head, neck or jaw pain as well as migraine headaches.
TMJ treatment falls under what we call Neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is the science that evaluates and treats your overall oral health by considering how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together. It involves using the muscles and nerves to position the jaw into a physiologically balanced and functionally comfortable position. Using science and technology, we can determine if the muscles, nerves and jaw are in fact, in harmony. Often times, when there is no balance and harmony within this system, the results are exacerbated and distributed throughout the body in the form of headaches, neck pain, and other related issues.
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Common TMJ Symptoms:
- Clicking jaw
- Popping jaw
- Snapping in the jaw joint
TMJ can also cause numbness in the arm, back pain, and problems with the ears. TMJ is caused by a “bad bite” in which your upper and lower teeth do not come together in proper alignment.
The first step in TMJ treatment is to come in our office for a full examination by Dr.Caracioni. Using the results of your diagnostic testing and the information gathered from a physical exam, Dr. Caracioni can determine how to best treat your TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).