Most people don’t think about their jaw joint, also known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), until something goes wrong with the way it works. Problems with the jaw’s alignment can cause seriously painful side effects such as headaches, tinnitus, as well as facial and ear pain. These painful symptoms are often associated with the condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular dysfunction. Non-surgical treatment for pain related to a misaligned jaw is possible with TruDenta! Keep reading to learn more about the condition and TMJ therapy available in New Albany OH at Shirck Orthodontics.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
People often refer to TMD as simply “TMJ.” No matter what you call this dysfunction of the jaw joint, it’s a painful condition that affects some 10 million Americans. TMJ/TMD is signified by the following:
- Difficulty using the jaw
- A popping, clicking, or grinding sound in the jaw
- Pain upon opening and closing the mouth
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Facial, neck, or ear pain
- Nighttime teeth grinding
These are some of the most common side effects of TMD. The condition may also be accompanied by swelling in the face, toothaches, shoulder pain, tingling extremities, and more.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Most common in women and people between the ages 20 to 40, TMD may be caused by stress, an injury (like head trauma or a blow to the face), or a dental misalignment. When one of these factors affects the alignment of the jaw, pressure is placed on the TMJ with every bite, yawn, and word spoken. Over time, that pressure adds up to a lot of stress on the jaw — and the painful symptoms of TMD are not far behind.
TMJ Disorder and Your Overall Health
The symptoms associated with a misaligned jaw can greatly affect an otherwise healthy person. Chronic headaches or migraines, difficulty sleeping, and abnormal tooth wear are common. Left untreated, the toll taken by TMJ disorder increases. Vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) are common in sufferers.
Treating Jaw Misalignment with TruDenta
Finding a non-surgical treatment for pain related to TMD is important, as the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research discourages the use of surgery to correct TMD. This is why at Shirck Orthodontics, Dr. Shirck doesn’t just treat your symptoms. Instead, he offers a long term solution that can give you your life back! But you don’t have to take our word for it — we will gladly provide you the names and contacts of patients that have gone through treatment with TruDenta at Shirck Orthodontics and can attest to the results. We will also provide a free treatment session so you can see for yourself the relief you can feel after just one session.
When you come for a complimentary evaluation for headache/TMJ treatment, Dr. Shirck will conduct a series of tests to determine the course of treatment. These tests include:
- Trigger point evaluation
- Bite force analysis,
- Range of motion assessment.
Upon completion of the evaluation, Dr. Shirck will determine if a course of treatments with TruDenta is right for you. During treatment, Dr. Shirck takes a whole-body approach that uses state-of-the-art technology (including ultrasound, cold laser, microcurrent, and trigger point manipulation techniques) to treat TMJ and migraine disorders. The treatment reduces pain and inflammation from the very first session, with the ultimate goal of providing long-lasting relief from the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Get Started Today!
If you’re suffering from the painful effects of a misaligned jaw, get in touch with Shirck Orthodontics to learn more about how TruDenta can provide the relief you’ve been seeking! Request your appointment for TMJ therapy in our New Albany OH location today.