Can The Dentist Help Your TMJ Pain In San Carlos?
Welcome back to our oral health blog! We hope that you are having a great new year! Also, if you live in the San Carlos, CA area, we’d like to remind you to book your 2016 dentist appointments with us, sooner than later. We can’t wait to see you!
At the dental practice of Dr. Ghina Morad, we do a lot more than keep your mouth clean and make your smile look great. That’s because we see the bigger picture in regards to health. Whether you realize it or not, the situation in your mouth can point to (or in some cases, be the root cause of) more serious issues elsewhere in your body.
Did you know that we even treat TMJ-related pain? True story! And in that realm, we’ve been able to make a real difference in the lives of so many folks in our community.
As you can imagine, it isn’t just California residents who suffer. Countless Americans are afflicted by this sort of pain each year. If you ever have to deal with it, you will quickly see how it impacts your daily existence. The sad part is that, in far too many cases, it goes untreated or improperly diagnosed.
What’s The Deal With TMJ Pain?
Here’s the way it usually unfolds when things are out of order with your TMJ:
You will be plagued by chronic, unrelenting pain in the jaw, face, and neck. Migraine headaches are usually part of the package as well.
Irregularities with your TMJ can also make it nearly impossible to perform the basic necessities of day-to-day life. That’s because TMJ are the joints on the sides of your head that allow you to move your jaw up and side to side. As such, every time you eat or speak, you are relying on the proper functioning of these joints.
So, it’s no surprise that they can cause so many problems!
The Semantic Difference Between TMJ & TMD
We understand that it can get confusing. And who wants to read a medical journal when their head is throbbing? But here’s the breakdown: TMJ are the joints themselves (that are affected by all of this). TMD refers to the actual condition we treat, which, truth be told, is a group of conditions known as Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders.
Are There Dental Solutions For TMD?
The good news is that, in many cases, there is a dental solution to your TMJ/TMD problems. The first thing we will tell you, though, is to schedule a consultation in our San Carlos office, because every treatment plan is unique and dependent upon your individual situation.
That said, our treatment plan may include:
As awful as your condition may be, the solution to your TMD dilemma could be as simple as setting you up with a dental splint. This type of device can prevent jaw movement while you sleep and sufficiently relax your muscles so that they will function properly.
it is definitely worth a try. If you are lucky enough, this treatment may even alleviate your migraines.
The Botox Solution
We all know that Botox has certain connotations in popular culture. But we’d like to ask you to set those stereotypes aside in the interest of finding some relief. Botox injections can actually have an important non-cosmetic role in relieving pain for TMD sufferers. This is because Botox has a partial and temporary paralytic effect when injected into your muscles.
This kind of paralysis effectively prevents your jaw muscles from clenching and putting stress on your TMJ. It really works!
In some instances, Botox can provide TMJ relief within a couple of days, and it will have its full effect around one week after the injections.
Reclaim Your Life Today!
Life is too short to wake up in pain every day. If you suspect that you have TMD, don’t waste any more time! We want to help you reclaim your normal life!
Contact us right away to schedule your TMD/TMJ consultation at the San Carlos, CA dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad. We can’t wait to help you!