Treatment for TMJ disorder may help patients near Westfield say goodbye to chronic headaches

The dentist is the person you visit when you have a dental problem; the profession in whom you trust to keep your teeth and gums in optimal health. The truth is, there is much more that your experienced dentist may be able to do for you. Patients of Dr. Streko and Dr. O'Connell receive care from dentists who are very familiar with the entire anatomy of the face, head, and neck. When issues such as chronic headaches are a problem, it is possible that your dentist may discover the underlying cause in the jaw.

Chronic pain in the head and neck is a problem many American face. Due to the varying degrees of symptoms patients experience, the cause of chronic pain may be misdiagnosed. In many cases, however, the root cause of pain may be linked to dysfunction in the joints of the jaw. TMJ disorder involves not only the temporomandibular joints but also the various interconnected bones, ligaments, and muscles that span the face, head, and neck. Often, patients find that when their dentist treats TMJ disorder, chronic headaches become a thing of the past. We are happy to provide patients of our Westfield dental practice with care tailored to their precise needs.

What causes TMJ disorder?

The direct cause of TMJ disorder is excessive stress on the temporomandibular joints. Finding out where this stress comes from is the key to effective treatment. Due to the numerous potential causes, the biggest challenge of treating TMJ is making that initial diagnosis. Once discovered, the dentist will consider causes such as arthritis, bite issues, bruxism, and other conditions.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder

When the joints and various other structures of the jaw are not working harmoniously, several different symptoms may develop. The most common are jaw and facial pain or chronic headaches and neck pain. patients may also have a difficult time moving their jaw to the fullest extent. Chewing may become uncomfortable and ringing in the ears may be noticed.

Reducing symptoms with effective TMJ treatment

TMJ disorder does not occur in every person for the same reason or in the same manner. Dr. Streko and Dr. O'Connell take a personalized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunction in the joints that operate the jaw. While standard therapeutic protocols exist, such as the use of a customized oral appliance, a dentist with a strong background in neuromuscular science may also incorporate other treatments aimed at reducing stress on joints so that patients may feel more comfortable.