Do you live with debilitating jaw pain? Does your jaw pop and click when you chew, or lock in an open or closed position? Do you suffer from excruciating head pain? If you answered, “Yes, yes, yes, and yes!” — you might be one of approximately 10 million Americans suffering from a condition known as TMJ disorder.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is found on both sides of your head where your jaw connects to your head. This very specialized and complicated joint acts as a hinge. It must be able to withstand the 260-plus pounds of pressure and force that your molars exert when you chew and bite down.
When structural imbalances are present in this joint, your jaw’s muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments become misaligned and inflamed, causing you great pain. If left untreated, TMJ can become a chronic condition that can even lead to tinnitus (a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears) and migraines.
It’s possible to have TMJ and head pain even if your jaw does not hurt. You might experience neck, face, or ear pain caused by the irritated nerves in the jaw.
What triggers TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint can be damaged in several ways:
- Stress creates muscle tension in the jaw, leading to structural imbalances over time
- Grinding and clenching of your teeth
- Any kind of physical trauma such as a sudden injury or one sustained in childhood
- Frequent eating of hard-to-chew foods; chewing in an unnatural way
- Age-related changes in the tissue of the mouth and jaw
Have all of your TMJ treatment efforts been unsuccessful?
In your quest for lasting pain relief, it’s possible that you’ve tried to treat your TMJ head pain with:
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Prescription drugs such as narcotic pain relievers, sedatives, or muscle relaxants
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Botox injections, although not FDA approved for TMJ problems due to the possible damage to bone density and muscle tissue
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Acupuncture treatments
You might even be desperate enough to consider surgery, although the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research strongly advises against jaw and mouth surgery for TMJ.
Dr. DaBell is proud to offer his patients TMJ Treatment. After determining the underlying cause of your pain through the use of Bite Force Analysis and Range of Motion Analysis, Dr. DaBell tailors a personalized treatment plan that is specific for your unique mouth and jaw.
Many patients experience relief from pain, swelling, and inflammation after their very first session. Your blood circulation and immune system get a boost, and cell growth and tissue regeneration are stimulated. You won’t need to take any medications or endure injections, and there are no side effects – only welcome relief from chronic pain and a restoration of jaw functionality.
Dr. DaBell uses a holistic approach that blends state-of-the-art ultrasound with a low level cold laser, microcurrent, and trigger point manipulation techniques. The goal is a complete and permanent resolution of your disabling symptoms and getting back to living a pain-free life.
If you’d like to learn more about how DaBell Orthodontics can provide head pain relief WITHOUT any drugs or needles, we’d love to offer you a complimentary 30-minute evaluation with Dr. DaBell. He’ll view your teeth, muscles, and joints to find the imbalances causing your pain and develop an individualized therapy plan to rehabilitate the muscles and nerves.