Chronic headaches, never-ending neck and back pain, and muscle tension around your face, head, and temples… these are all indicators of TMJ disorder. Also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, this ailment plagues millions of people every year. The real problem with this all-too-common disorder is that many doctors pass off their patients’ symptoms, only masking their pain with medications, or they simply don’t think about TMJ disorder being the cause. At Wall Street Dentistry, we want you to find lasting relief from the chronic pain that TMJ causes. Our neuromuscular dentists in Boaz, Dr. Jonathan Renfroe, and Dr. Josh Conley will not misdiagnose or overlook your TMJ disorder. Find out about the importance of neuromuscular dentistry, and how it could discover that TMJ disorder is the source of your pain.
What is TMJ disorder?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a dysfunction in the joints connecting the jaw to the skull, which often affects the surrounding systems and tissues as well. The disorder strains jaw muscles and nerves trying to function properly; they become hyper-stressed and inflamed, causing pain and other issues. This condition may feel as though it only flares while your jaw is in use (such as while chewing or talking), but the stress to the jaw is actually happening 24/7.
One important nerve that often can be affected by TMJ disorder is your trigeminal nerve, which is one of the most crucial sensory pathways in your body. The trigeminal nerve is often attributed as the culprit that causes migraines and other types of chronic headaches. This nerve also is located close to the temporomandibular joint and frequently becomes aggravated or impacted by TMJ disorder. TMJ headaches can be treated with pain medication, but it will not stop them from reoccurring, nor will it treat the actual culprit. Only addressing whatever is affecting the temporomandibular joint will prevent you from experiencing the pain that may be radiating in your neck, back, arms, hands, jaw, or head. If it goes untreated, it will become more frequent and perpetually insistent.
The causes and consequences of TMJ disorder
TMJ disorder is different for every person, and because of this, there are multiple triggers for this frustrating dysfunction. The most common causes are bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth), a misaligned jaw, an injury to the face or jaw, stress, and crooked or missing teeth.
You have experienced the pain, muscle fatigue, clicking jaw, and headaches. While you may be able to mask your pain at home by taking medication, that isn’t a long-term fix to the problem. Untreated TMJ disorder has far-reaching consequences that affect you for as long as they remain untreated. Your entire body is designed to work as a cohesive machine. That is no different for your jaw. A cog in your network can make a once well-functioning clock a non-ticking cuckoo. If your jaw is misaligned, it can put pressure on your spine. That untreated spinal pressure can cause severe back problems that can lead to widespread pain throughout your entire body that can leave you feeling crippled in pain and prevent you from working or maintaining your daily lifestyle. By that point, many doctors will misdiagnose the cause because they are looking for a less common, more extreme reason for the pain. Constantly changing medicines and therapies, but never finding relief or a cure, is a horrifying situation. That’s why you can not let your temporomandibular joint disorder go undiagnosed or untreated.
Neuromuscular dentistry in Albertville
A neuromuscular dentist has undergone specialized training focusing on finding harmony and balance among your teeth, mouth, head, and neck. Dr. Renfroe and Dr. Conley of Wall Street Dentistry use the most up-to-date technology and techniques to treat TMJ disorder. We have the most specialized equipment for diagnosing neuromuscular dental problems, quickly identifying the issue you have that is causing your TMJ disorder. This technology and the information we have gathered allow us to begin treatment of TMJ disorder promptly, rather than searching through trial and error, so you can receive relief. If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, a neuromuscular dentist is the most qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat this condition and its symptoms.
Waiting to fix your TMJ disorder only will worsen your already chronic symptoms. Wading through misdiagnosis and doctors who don’t specialize in treating your condition could mean years of treatment for dysfunctions you don’t actually have. Contact Wall Street Dentistry today if you want to stop hurting and reclaim your life, free of pain from TMJ disorder. If you live in the areas of Albertville, Boaz, or Guntersville in Alabama, don’t hesitate to seek out the professional help from the neuromuscular dentists who can make a difference for you. Contact us at Wall Street Dentistry for an appointment today at (256) 878-0525.