Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as severe, recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
SYMPTOMS OF TMD INCLUDE:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your doctor know at your next appointment. Your doctor can help determine if you have TMD and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
NOT ALL JAW PAIN IS ASSOCIATED WITH TMD.
If you feel that you might have TMD, it is always important to see your dentist and receive an exam. However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you do not have TMD there are many different preventive steps you can take to maintain a healthy, strong smile.
- Relax your face — “Lips together, teeth apart”
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoid all gum chewing
- Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
Many people get TMD without ever having braces. Symptoms usually wax and wane regardless of whether braces are worn. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned that you’re a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.
trudenta® headache relief
Suffering from headaches or other head pain?
Tired of living on pain medications?
Frustrated by missing work days and important family events?
Ready for a real, long-lasting pain-relief solution?
The leading cause of headaches is not what you think, and it’s not all in your head. TruDenta can help. TruDenta treats the cause of many headaches and headache-pain symptoms, and provides long-lasting, needle-free, and drug-free pain relief.
WHAT IS TRUDENTA HEADACHE PAIN TREATMENT?
The TruDenta System is an approach to chronic headache relief available from your dentist that addresses and treats the cause of the problem instead of temporarily masking the pain. Using a combination of techniques derived from sports medicine therapies, the TruDenta System targets the improper muscle forces in the head, neck, and jaw area that cause painful conditions.
WHY WOULD I WANT TRUDENTA TREATMENT?
Research has shown that the causes of chronic migraines, tension headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, TMJ/TMD, and face, jaw, and neck pain may all be inter-connected. The cause could be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect the muscles of these areas. This leads to changes in the chemical and nerve reactions that result in chronic pain. Additionally, painful symptoms could result from an accident, head trauma, bad posture, or other underlying conditions.
By treating the cause of the pain and not just the symptoms, TruDenta provides long-lasting pain relief.
With 45 million Americans annually having at least occasional recurring head pain, the TruDenta System offers a dental headache treatment that is a proven strategy for relieving chronic headache pain. This system offers a drug-free, needle-free, and pain-free program for long-lasting pain relief.
HOW DOES TRUDENTA WORK?
The TruDenta headache pain evaluation is easy and simple. After discussing your head health history with your dentist, the objective and computer-assisted TruDenta evaluation helps to pinpoint your headache cause. Based on the findings during the evaluation, a personalized in-office treatment will be prescribed. Your treatment works by re-training the muscles and nerves connected by the trigeminal nucleus to function properly. TruDenta treatments last about 50 minutes and include the use of several proven, FDA-cleared technologies. Depending upon the severity of your diagnosis, your treatment may consist of one to 12 treatments completed weekly.
“After 40 years of headaches, I haven’t had another one in the 15 months since I completed treatment.” — One of TruDenta’s many happy, pain-free patients
DO YOU EXPERIENCE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING?
- One or more chronic headaches a week
- Two or more missed days of work a month due to headaches
- Pain in your jaw, face, neck, shoulders, and arms for longer than a year
- Ringing or fullness in your ears
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR HEADACHE PAIN RELIEF TO BE:
- From state-of-the-art-technology?
- Derived from proven sports medicine therapy?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, ask your dentist if TruDenta can help you.