Over 50 million Americans annually have headaches so severe that they seek medical help. Most of these people state that their head pain is a disruptive force in their daily lives. The majority of these patients suffer from neuromuscular problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). TMD is a group of separate but related disorders of the temporomandibular joint and all the associated muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc. Unfortunately, TMJs are the most frequently misdiagnosed of the neuromuscular medical/dental conditions. After a thorough examination and appropriate x-rays, Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD will help to identify the source of the pain. Dr. Grabiak will then recommend what type of TMJ treatment is needed for your condition and begin moving forward with a step-by-step process at your Denver neuromuscular dental office.
TMD symptoms are related to the TMJ joints and affect the dental and oral structures, the jaw, the chewing muscles, as well as nearby head and neck structures. TMD symptoms can often be confused with other medical issues because some of the symptoms are similar. This is why it is recommended that patients who think they may be suffering from TMD be evaluated by a TMD dentist such as Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD to rule out the presence of other issues. The common issues associated with TMD include:
Neck, back, shoulder and chest pain
Dysfunctional jaw movement
Limited head range
Locked or dislocated jaw
Clenching or grinding of the teeth
Chipping of teeth
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD is familiar with the symptoms and causes of TMD and can give you a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have TMD and what your treatment options are. Often TMD is confused for toothaches, sinus problems, arthritis or gum disease and Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD can determine what the cause of your symptoms are to help remedy them. Part of your examination may include taking dental x-rays of your mouth to view your jaw, teeth, and TMJ to find out what problems are causing your pains. After it is determined what is causing your discomfort Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD can then work to correct it.
Dr. Grabiak is able to utilize various treatment options to alleviate TMJ pain and dysfunction. The first step is to ensure the restriction of movement, grating, pain, inflammation, or other problem is actually coming from the TMJ and not another area of the face. Once this diagnosis has been confirmed, there are a number of things you can do to help ease the pain. Resting and exercising your jaw muscles may sound contradictory, but are equally important. You may want to talk less and eat solid foods. Ice, heat, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and steroids can all help alleviate TMJ pain. You may decide to wear a nightguard on your teeth while you sleep to keep the jaw in an open and relaxed position and help prevent you from grinding your teeth together.
There are a variety of other appliance and tools that can be used to realign, stabilize, and reposition the TMJ to alleviate pain and encourage a more normal range of movement. Contact Dr. Grabiak and his team of friendly professionals to discover how he can help your TMJ disorder.
The first step in correcting your TMJ pain is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD so that he can give you a proper diagnosis and work to address your problem. Most often only conservative treatments are needed to help you live a pain-free life. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.