Highland Park Dentist Helps People Manage Chronic TMJ Issues And Headaches

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Oct 18, 2016

Our St. Paul dental practice focuses on comprehensive care, which means that we provide treatments far beyond filling cavities and improving dental aesthetics.

One type of treatment that is vital for many adult patients is TMJ treatment. TMJ problems are often closely related to dental issues, and definitely linked with overall oral/jaw health dynamics.

TMJ symptoms can manifest in a number of ways:

· Jaw pain and tenderness

· Tooth pain near the back of your smile

· Ear or neck pain—you may find that the pain seems to “radiate” or move over time

· Frequent headaches

· Clicking/popping sensation in the jaw when you chew or speak

· “Locking” sensation in the jaw—you may be unable to open your mouth all of the way for an extended period of time

These problems often occur because your top and bottom teeth are not coming together evenly and naturally. Poor bite alignment causes you to unconsciously change how you are chewing; thus putting pressure on your temporomandibular joints. TMJ sufferers are also likely to be dealing with bruxism, which is basically chronic dental grinding. This clenching or grinding habit may be happening at night, so the patient isn’t sure why TMJ problems are popping up.

The treatments that our team uses to treat chronic TMJ pain and headaches is FDA-approved and non-surgical. Ultrasound treatments as well as laser therapy help your temporomandibular joint relax and let go of tension. Then, bite modification treatments are used to address the underlying causes of your jaw dysfunction.

Our Highland Park dentists are here to help you minimize TMJ dysfunction and get back to your normal, healthy routine. We know that TMJ issues can take a toll on your wellbeing and peace of mind, but we are here to help. Give our office a call to learn more and schedule your personal consultation.