Seattle TMJ Treatment
Do you have sore jaw muscles? Do you get regular headaches, either intense tension headaches or migraines? Do you experience ringing ears, neck pain, and other unexplained symptoms? Have you tried numerous treatments but haven’t gotten good results? If so, then TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder, may be your problem. In TMJ, an imbalanced jaw joint can cause symptoms in your head, neck, and beyond.
TMJ sufferers sometimes resign themselves to their symptoms, but you don’t have to live with the nuisance or disruption of TMJ. To learn how TMJ treatment can help you, please call (206) 965-9871 or email Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.
What Causes TMJ
The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head where your jaw meets your skull. When one or both of these joints are not functioning properly, it can lead to TMJ.
There are many possible causes for TMJ. One of the most common is a trauma to the jaw, either a physical blow, or adverse force, such as in a car accident, even if you don’t hit anything in the car. TMJ may also be caused by bruxism, gritting your teeth at night or during episodes of stress, which can put excessive force on your jaw joints. Other times, no specific cause for TMJ can be found.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ can affect many systems in your head and neck, including muscles, joints, nerves, and more. As a result, you may experience many related symptoms, including:
- Headaches, including migraines
- Jaw pain
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Tooth pain not associated with decay
- Neck pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Balance problems or vertigo
- Jaw popping or clicking sounds
Some people may even experience distant symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the fingers.
TMJ treatment depends on getting your jaw into a relaxed state so we can first determine the extent of dysfunction, then recommend a long-term treatment strategy. To relax your muscles, we use TENS, a type of electric massage. Once your muscles are relaxed, we will be able to evaluate the condition and motion of your jaw joint. Depending on the results of these detailed measurements, we may recommend regular relaxing TENS massages. More advanced conditions may require you to wear an oral splint, similar to a sports mouthguard or retainer that you wear at night. If you wish, dental restorations may be used to build up your bite and hold it in place. In rare cases, surgery may be recommended.
To learn what TMJ treatment may be appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.