Stop Your TMJ Pain
TMJ Specialist in Chesterfield
If you experience pain or popping of your jaw or headaches and migraines with no apparent cause, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). If left untreated, TMJ pain can grow and impact your day-to-day life. As an orthodontic TMJ specialist in Chesterfield, Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics can help eliminate that pain.
What Is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint helps your jaw open and close. When the joint receives excessive stress or strain, it can get inflamed and begin to hurt. Other problems can also contribute to TMJ. Your jaw is designed to exert equal pressure on your teeth when you chew, but the distribution can become uneven with TMJ, leading to pain.
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can contribute to TMJ as well. Your body may try to protect your temporomandibular joint from overuse, and this can lead to swelling and pain. Head and neck muscles can also tighten.
Symptoms of TMJ
The two most common symptoms of TMJ are jaw pain and chronic headaches or migraines. Sometimes patients feel a “pop” in their jaw while they chew, though this can also be a symptom of other things. Another common symptom is feeling your jaw lock in place when you open your mouth wide or yawn. Additional common complaints about TMJ include:
- Hearing problems, such as having stuffiness in the ears or experiencing a ringing sensation.
- Wearing down or breakage of teeth caused by grinding.
- Discomfort in the neck, jaw or head.
Symptoms of TMJ
- Headaches and Migraines
- Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)
- Dental Wear and Tooth Breakage
- Clicking and Popping of the Jaw
- Head, Neck or Jaw Discomfort
Customized Treatment Plans for TMJ
Treating TMJ pain requires specialized orthodontics that can provide long-term relief. One solution is Invisalign®, which straightens teeth. This orthodontic treatment can align your bite correctly, taking the pressure off your teeth. It also cushions the teeth, putting barriers between them when you grind. People may stop grinding their teeth when they use Invisalign®. The treatment can also strengthen and condition the jaw muscles, leading to less strain and alleviating symptoms.
We can also create a bite guard for TMJ for you to wear at night. Bite guards also guard against tooth grinding, reducing the symptoms. Another option is physical therapy, which helps you get back the normal function of your jaw and decrease the stress on it by practicing gentle movements to stretch and condition the jaw.
Headache and Migraine Therapy Treatments
Migraines and chronic headaches can drain your productivity, sleep schedule and overall life satisfaction. Seeking treatment for the pain can help you overcome the condition with time. We offer a pain-free initial exam to see how your symptoms might respond to our Pain Management Therapy system, which is needle free.
The exam includes an evaluation of your head and neck muscle function and examining your bite. We also look at your smile tooth-by-tooth to pinpoint and treat the source of your pain.
Contact Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics for TMJ Treatment
As your hometown Chesterfield orthodontist, Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics offers premier treatment for TMJ. Our best-in-class service includes a friendly staff eager to meet your needs. You will appreciate our open communication and outstanding quality of treatment. Contact us online today to set up an appointment.
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2997 Clarkson Road, Suite #200
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 394-5455
Fax: (636) 394-5163
Monday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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