If you suffer from constant headaches, jaw pain or hear a popping sound in your jaw, these may be related to Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joints but it is also a common name for the disorder that affects the facial muscles and joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. When the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not functioning properly, it can cause pain on both sides of the forehead and the neck as well. This dysfunction can lead to terrible tension headaches that a neuromuscular dentist, not a doctor, can diagnose and treat.
TMJ Disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
Some of the symptoms may feel non-related to the face or jaw at all, including:
- Headaches or migraines
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
- Pain in teeth that seems to move around neck, shoulder or back
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Numbness in your fingers and arms
- Pain in and around the ear
- Tinnitis (or ringing in the ears)
- Change in bite (how the upper & lower jaw fit together)
- Pain in the face and jaw
- Jaw joint pain
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Teeth grinding
How does it work?
When your muscles are continuously contracting due to a misaligned jaw joint, the muscle fibers enlarge and build tension or pressure in the face, neck, jaw and shoulders. The tension confines the blood flow to the area. In response, the body, sends more blood, increasing blood pressure in the head and causing these tension headaches. Likewise, when you grind your teeth, which is another symptom of TMD, muscles are made tense and get worn out, which can also lead to your headaches.
Stanley Dentistry will properly align the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allowing the muscles around your jaw to relax and feel better, and we will recommend a mixture of procedures to correct your bite and ensuring proper alignment of your (temporomandibular joint) TMJ.
How long will it take?
The length of time it can take to treat TMJ varies with each patient but can take anywhere from a few months to a year or two from start to finish. The length of time depends on the severity of the case. We can assess you on an individual basis during your consultation.
How can Stanley Dentistry help you feel better?
Dr. Bobbi Stanley has been practicing dentistry in Cary NC for over 20 years. She has extensive training in the nine dental disciplines recognized by the American Dental Association. This allows a unique, comprehensive perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) using neuromuscular therapy in lieu of medication.
Dr. Bobbi received her postgraduate TMJ training at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dentistry (LVI Global). LVI Global is recognized as the leading authority for neuromuscular dentistry, a dental treatment that focuses on correcting jaw misalignment. LVI Global has been featured on popular TV shows such as The View and 60 Minutes. Dr. Bobbi completed her Fellowship training in 2004 and is the only LVI Global Fellow in Cary NC, a suburb of Raleigh NC. There are fewer than 1000 LVI Global Fellows worldwide. Additionally, there are three LVI Global trained auxiliary staff members at Stanley Dentistry to assist Dr. Bobbi.
At your first visit with Dr. Stanley, your health history will be reviewed and images will be taken with our Conebeam CT machine to give a thorough picture of jaw and muscle positioning. Fewer than 6% of dentists in the United States have an in-office Conebeam CT machine. Dr. Bobbi then employs the K7 evaluation system to give computer aided physiological and anatomical data to measure joint sounds, muscle activity and jaw tracking. In essence, this system helps determine where the patient’s jaw joint, muscles and teeth should be aligned for pain-free function.
Once the underlying issues have been identified, Dr. Bobbi will review her findings with the patient and will then discuss a treatment plan. Many patients remark that Dr. Bobbi’s proper diagnosis and treatment has ended decades of misdiagnosed pain and the experience has truly been life changing. Contact our office today and start your journey to better health!
Am I a good fit?
If you think you may have TMJ Disorder (TMD), call us to schedule your consultation. We will work with you to create a plan to alleviate your pain.