Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) cause jaw pain and headaches, but they aren’t the only culprits. A dental problem or misaligned teeth may also cause similar symptoms. The doctors at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner has the expertise to get to the bottom of the complex association between TMJ and dental issues by providing physiologic-based dentistry. If you have jaw pain and headaches, wait no longer to get the precise diagnosis and treatment you need. Call their office in McLean, Virginia, or book an appointment online.
The temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your face, where your lower jaw connects with your skull. TMJ is categorized as three general problems that often occur in the joint:
TMJ often develops when the:
When you have TMJ, you may experience:
Your head, neck and face share the same nervous system and their muscles are closely connected, so dysfunction in one affects the others. Clenching your teeth, for example, also tenses your neck muscles. Dental problems can cause a headache, facial pain, and TMJ damage.
Any problem with TMJ can impact your head, neck, and face. TMJ often causes headaches, and when they’re severe, they may be accompanied by dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
Considering the close interrelationship between your head, neck, and face, it takes expertise to get to the bottom of TMJ. You’ve come to the right place, because the doctors deal with TMJ extensively through his physiologic-based dentistry.
Physiologic-based dentistry accurately diagnoses TMJ using digital X-rays of your teeth and jaw joints, casts of your teeth, and neuromuscular testing. Some of the specialized screens or tests include:
Based on the results of these tests, the doctors can determine the precise cause of your problem and design a treatment plan to correct the abnormalities. Treatment often includes a customized oral appliance and dental restorations.
The doctors may also treat your TMJ with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which relaxes the muscles, stops spasms, and relieves pain.