As a holistic dentist, Dr. Craig Sommer understands your dental health is closely related to your overall health. This is certainly true with a TMJ disorder, a condition in which dental problems create painful pressure on your jaw. If you have this disorder, you probably suffer from symptoms like headaches and facial pain and swelling. With TMJ treatment in Colorado Springs, you can:Dr. Craig Sommer Talks about TMJ and Jaw Pain Read Transcript
If you're having headaches and jaw pain, you may be experiencing something that's called TMJ syndrome. That's a set of symptoms where you may have clicking or popping in the jaw joints, muscle pain, severe headaches, neck pain. It's something that can be improved and handled with a proper diagnosis first. Once we've decided what the problem is and what's causing the pain, we can make decisions and inform you of your options. Is it going to be shaping or reshaping teeth? Is it going to be moving teeth with orthodontics? Can it be something as simple as wearing a night guard appliance to relieve symptoms and get you out of pain? So if you're experiencing those jaw pain, clicking or popping or headaches, please come to our office so we can have an evaluation done and let you know what your choices are for moving forward.
- Lessen or eliminate your jaw discomfort
- Keep pain from spreading to your neck, shoulders, and other areas
- Stop a harmful teeth grinding habit that can damage your teeth enamel
- Enjoy normal range of motion while chewing and eating
- Rest more easily throughout the night
If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call 719-249-5796. Dr. Sommer will examine you using tools like our intraoral camera and digital X-rays to determine if you’d benefit from treatment.
Take Pressure Off Your Jaw With a Custom Mouthguard
TMJ pain originates in your temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw to your skull. When they become irritated, even everyday activities like talking and eating can cause a lot of pain. The pain may also spread to your ears, your neck, and other areas.
Most TMJ sufferers experience relief by wearing a custom-made mouthguard while they sleep. This prevents you from clenching and grinding teeth, two habits often linked to TMJ dysfunction.
With a mouthguard, you’ll enjoy:
- Pain Relief – Your mouthguard will gently ease your lower jaw forward to relieve tension and pressure on your TMJ.
- Protection – Your night guard will stop teeth grinding. This habit can rapidly wear down your enamel and require restorative procedures to repair damage.
Your mouthguard will fit perfectly because it will be made using impressions of your teeth. The traditional way of making dental impressions is to put a tray of molding material into your mouth for several minutes. This process will likely be painful for those experiencing TMJ symptoms. We use convenient and comfortable digital scanning technology instead. We also can use an FDA-approved injection that will safely relax your facial muscles for added TMJ relief.