November 12, 2017
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on everyone’s minds, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves under a bit more stress than usual. This time of year is fun, festive, and joyful, of course, but it does demand a lot of extra time, energy, and effort from us.
You might be handling it all with ease… or you might find yourself barely clutching to sanity because you’re dealing with chronic pain.
Today, our team at Community Shores Dental wants to make sure your upcoming holiday season is pain-free. So we’re devoting the blog to a debilitating condition known as TMJ disorder.
This stems from malfunctioning of your temporomandibular joint, the hinges below your ears that connect your skull and jawbone. When it becomes misaligned, it can cause many uncomfortable symptoms.
Dr. Sortman and our team in Norton Shores, MI can help you! In today’s blog, you’ll learn more about TMJ disorder and how with TruDenta and our other treatment strategies, you can find true pain relief this season!
Can Your Pain Be Traced Back To TMJ?
At a glance, the varied symptoms of TMJ disorder can seem unrelated. But the fact is that problems with your jaw joint can result in a concentrated area that is afflicted with pain and tension.
Let’s look at some of the more common signs that TMJ disorder is the cause of your discomfort:
-Frequent Migraines / Headaches
-Muscle Tension In The Jaw, Face, Neck, & Shoulders
-Clicking / Popping In The Jaw
-Difficulty Opening Your Mouth / Lockjaw
-Clenching Your Jaw / Grinding Your Teeth
When you list all the common symptoms together, it makes more sense that they might be connected by jaw trauma of some kind. To know for sure, however, if you’re experiencing TMJ or general problems with your temporomandibular joint alignment, you need to seek the help of a professional.
At Community Shores Dental, we have a highly-trained team and the advanced technology to properly diagnose and treat your TMJ issues. You don’t have to suffer from all the tension and discomfort this condition brings with it, especially around the holidays!
The Risks For TMJ Disorder
No one is immune to TMJ disorder. But there are certain factors that might make you more at risk for developing problems with this joint. You can ask yourself these questions:
-Do you have low pain tolerance?
-Have you been under a lot of stress lately?
-Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth?
-Do you suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory conditions?
-Are you a women between the ages of 18 and 44?
-Have you experienced jaw trauma because of an accident or injury?
If you’re able to narrow down all the possible causes of your headaches, migraines, and other disruptive symptoms, you can help us find the right solution for you.
In our Norton Shores, MI dental office, we approach TMJ treatment with a series of steps:
-We begin with analyzing your bite force and range of motion.
-We discuss your headache history.
-We perform a muscle and trigger point exam.
-We give you a head health questionnaire to determine any hidden issues.
Along with that, we can use TruDenta, a two-part system designed to help us determine the cause of your headaches and migraines. We also include a variety of treatment strategies with advanced ultrasound and laser technology to help you start living pain-free!
Find True Relief With TruDenta!
As Thanksgiving and the ensuing holiday seasons gets closer and closer, your to-do list gets longer and longer. You have enough to worry about without letting painful headaches, migraines, and other TMJ symptoms weighing you down.
You can avoid all of that with TMJ treatment at Community Shores Dental! We can use TruDenta to get to the bottom of your pain and help you find relief. The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed, and you can with the right treatment in our Norton Shores, MI dental office.