TMJ and Facial Pain Treatment
Do you have pain in your head, neck, jaw, or all three? This is a real problem that affects just about everything you do, and even simple actions like chewing and speaking can be very painful. In some cases, you may feel pain all the time, whether you’re moving your mouth or not.
If you’ve been suffering with this kind of intense discomfort, you already know the negative effect it can have on your life. In fact, you may be at the point where you feel like the pain is controlling you, not the other way around. So where is this pain coming from, and what can we do to give you relief?
Using updated, non-surgical treatment alternatives, we can work with you to find a solution so you can get back to enjoying your life. Dr. Luderitz is the only dentist in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota who has completed a two-year Masters program focused on the treatment of TMJ joint pain, facial pain, and headache.
TMJ, TMD, and Facial Pain
The joint that controls the movement of your lower jaw is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. You can feel this joint moving if you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your jaw. When this joint is not working correctly or causes you pain, we use the term TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMD pain can come from the jaw joint or the muscles that control movement when chewing or speaking. While your jaw is moving, these muscles are also working to support your head and neck. These muscles have a lot of work to do and can become tired, tense, or painful from overuse just like any other muscles in the body. This can lead to facial pain and pain in your jaw, neck, and head.
Any of these problems can be symptomatic of TMD:
- Headaches, including migraines
- Clicking or popping sound in the jaw
- Tooth breakage and dental wear
- Ringing in the ears
- Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
The goals of treatment are to decrease pain, increase jaw function, and limit the impact of TMD on your daily life. Experience has shown us that conservative treatments and self-management are often the most effective non-invasive solutions for alleviating the painful symptoms of TMJ.
Treatment for Reducing TMJ Pain
Dr. Luderitz will first perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and pinpoint the source of your pain. We always start treatment with the most conservative methods, which can include medication therapy and techniques for reducing your general stress level.
We may also recommend a customized oral device that fits comfortably over your front teeth. The device is worn while you sleep and is designed to move the jaw forward, spreading the upper and lower jaw apart so that they don’t come into contact. This helps to relieve jaw clenching, which can increase painful symptoms.
Call Today to Get the Relief You Need
You don’t have to endure TMJ pain and allow it to control your life. Dr. Luderitz has extensive, specialized training in this area; in fact, many Billings dentists refer patients to our office for treatment.
We are sympathetic to your discomfort, and we will work with you until we find the solution that eliminates your pain so you can take back your life. Please call our office today, and we’ll be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation.