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TMJ Headache -How it Might Be Affecting You, And How to Find Relief

TMJ Headache -How it Might Be Affecting You, And How to Find Relief

TMJ Headache Relief in Annandale VA Area

Are you experiencing unexplained pain in the face and jaw? It could be related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the hinge-like joint that connects the upper and lower jaw. When this joint isn’t working optimally, you are likely to experience TMJ pain.

While TMJ disorder (TMD) might have relegated you to pain-relieving medications, you don’t have to continue living this way. At Evergreen Dental Wellness, we provide TMJ headache relief. But first, let’s explore how TMD might be affecting you.

TMD symptoms

If you are experiencing the below symptoms, TMJ disorder could be the culprit.

  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Neck, back, or shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain around your ear
  • Swelling on one side of the face
  • Pain while chewing
  • A locked jaw, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Clicking sound when you move your jaw
  • Pain behind the eyes

As you can see, the symptoms of TMJ pain can easily be confused with other ailments. For an accurate diagnosis, please visit a doctor.

Diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMD)

The first person to notice that you have TMJ disorder is your dentist. However, other physicians like an ENT specialist or oral surgeon may diagnose your TMD. When you visit Evergreen Dental Wellness, Dr. Richard Fischer will check for tenderness around your jaw. Besides, he will check for any clicking or grating sounds when you move your jaws. He may also recommend x-rays and CT scans to have a clear picture of your jaw.

Treatment options for TMJ disorder

Depending on the cause of TMD, dental treatments have been proven to yield success in TMD treatment. For instance, if teeth grinding is the cause of TMJ pain, a custom-made dental appliance may be given to correct jaw and head position. Besides, this oral appliance may help relax your muscles when sleeping, preventing grinding.

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While a dentist is pivotal in TMJ headache relief, infusing other treatment options in your TMJ treatment regimen is essential. For instance, at-home treatments including, eating soft foods, practicing good posture, and avoiding excessive jaw movement, are crucial in relieving TMJ symptoms. Besides, a physical therapist helps with massage and stretching exercises for your jaw, alleviating pain.

TMJ Treatment in Annandale, Virginia

Are you looking for TMJ pain relief in Annandale, VA? Would you mind dialing 703-215-9630 to schedule an appointment with Evergreen Dental Wellness? Dr. Richard Fischer will set you on a path of a pain-free life.

 

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