TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Dysfunction & Headaches
Depending on their frequency and intensity, Headaches and TMJ pain can be extremely debilitating and interfere drastically with the normal tasks of everyday life. If you suffer from headaches, especially chronic ones, there may be a straightforward explanation and treatment protocol that can help.
There can be numerous and often multiple burdens causing a person to suffer from headaches. Some of those might be: misaligned bite, whiplash injury, teeth grinding, stress, allergies, or hormonal imbalances.
Headaches and TMJ dysfunction (jaw joint pain/jaw clicking/jaw locking) are common complaints that we hear from our patients. In many cases, these symptoms may be linked.
The TMJ appointment begins with a thorough bite exam which includes palpation of the jaw, neck and upper shoulder muscles. Dr Elmajian may prescribe splint therapy, trigger point injection, or craniosacral therapy. All of these, combined with stretching and moist heat application can all assist in rapid relief. Depending on the root cause of the pain, it can take a series of several treatments to completely solve the problems, with an occasional tune-up visit for maintenance.
Dental Prevention for a Healthy Mouth and Body
Modern dentistry has been focused on prevention for several decades. Most people know that regular oral check-ups and cleanings along with daily brushing and flossing can prevent gum disease, decay and greatly reduce the risk of dental infections and tooth loss.
If tooth loss has already occurred or is inevitable, todays dentistry can offer many options for tooth replacement. Removable prosthesis or dental implants can assist in maintaining the vertical dimension
Loss of vertical dimension in the mouth, as mentioned above, can cause all sorts of structural problems and pain in other areas of the body. Jaw pain, neck pain, back pain and even leg and foot pain can be a result of a bad dental situation.