Your Headaches Could Be Due To Your Jaw
Does your jaw click, pop, or lock as you’re opening or closing your mouth? Do you have unexplained pain in your jaw or headaches with no obvious cause? What about tooth pain that comes and goes? Or maybe you’re experiencing ringing in your ears for no good reason. If one or more of these symptoms are happening to you, the problem might be your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Fortunately, Dr. Scott Krosser at Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ offers effective treatment for TMJ issues.
Your temporomandibular joints are the “hinges” that connect your jaw to your skull. These amazing joints are designed to allow you to move your jaw in virtually any direction – forward, backward, side-to-side, and even in circles! It takes a pretty complicated structure to make all that movement possible, and different parts of the joint have to slide smoothly past each other.
TMJ problems can be caused by a number of things:
- Teeth grinding and/or clenching
- Muscle imbalances
- Bite problems
Sometimes it’s not possible to determine the exact cause of TMJ problems – which are known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Regardless, TMJ problems can cause pain and suffering, decreased productivity at work or in school, and premature wear on your tooth enamel. Instead of living with the discomfort, pain, and inconvenience, it’s best to get it checked out by a trained professional.
Is It TMD?
The diagnosis of TMD requires a very thorough approach and considerable experience. Fortunately, Dr. Krosser has received special training in diagnosing and treating TMD from the Pankey Institute. You’ve probably never heard of that institute, but it’s highly respected in dental circles.
When you schedule a consultation at our Millburn, NJ dental office, Dr. Krosser will conduct a thorough examination to determine whether your problems are due to TMD. He’ll take detained digital X-rays and check carefully for signs of premature wear on your tooth enamel, among other measures.
If he determines that the source of your problems lies with your temporomandibular joints, he can provide a customized night guard to relieve your symptoms. Your night guard will prevent teeth grinding while you sleep, easing the wear on your enamel and helping your jaw muscles to relax.
A day guard may be indicated for your particular situation which functions much the same as a night guard.
If rare cases, additional intervention is called for. Dr. Krosser can perform an occlusal adjustment which changes how your teeth meet. That can often bring relief where other measures haven’t worked well enough.
Get Your Life Back With Effective Treatment From Dr. Krosser
TMJ problems can impact every part of your life – your relationships, your work, and even how you feel about yourself. You don’t have to live with headaches, jaw or tooth pain, ringing in the ears, and all the other symptoms of TMD when help is readily available.
The first step to relief is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Krosser of Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ. Call our office today at 973-957-1604 .