If you experience frequent headaches, you may brush it off as just another ache that will go away. Unfortunately, if the cause of your headache is a dislocated jaw, relief will keep evading you until you visit a TMJ specialist. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the lower jaw to the skull. While the TMJ allows the seamless opening and closing of your mouth, it can be the root cause of your problems if injured, infected, or misaligned.
Are you battling TMJ pain? You don’t have to live in constant pain. Instead, seek treatment from a TMJ specialist in El Dorado, Arkansas. At W Paul Burns DDS, we offer minimally invasive treatment options to help you fight off the symptoms of a misaligned jaw.
The TMJ is never given the credit it deserves, yet it’s the most frequently used complex joint in the body. A well-functioning TMJ enables the jaws to move virtually in almost all directions without an ounce of pain. However, any malfunctioning of the TMJ yields a host of numerous symptoms, including:
The causes of TMJ disorder include injury, infection, inflammation, stress, teeth grinding, and misalignment of the jaw and teeth. Depending on the cause, Dr. Paul Burns can help you live a pain-free life.
If you have a misaligned jaw, treatment doesn’t have to be invasive. Dr. Burns usually starts by recommending lifestyle modifications, including jaw exercises, jaw massage, avoiding chewing gum, and considering stress-relieving activities.
If home remedies aren’t effective, we offer a custom-made nightguard that takes the pressure off the TMJ by repositioning the jaw. Patients using dental splints report reduced TMJ pain and minimal dental damage.
For severe jaw misalignment, we recommend bio-rejuvenation dentistry that focuses on your entire chewing system and not just the symptoms of the affected parts. This treatment uses multiple techniques to create an optimal balance between the upper and lower jaw after a careful evaluation of your mouth’s shape and function.