Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
If your facial pain isn’t due to any of the conditions listed above, then it’s likely caused by TMJ disorder. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Facial, jaw, back, shoulder, and neck pain
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Facial swelling
- Uncomfortable bite
- Locked jaw
- Clicking or popping noise when opening/closing mouth
- Ringing in ear
- Clogged/muffled hearing
- Worn teeth
TMJ disorders are a result of an imbalance of the jaw joints. When there is an imbalance, it causes the muscles surrounding the jaw to try and correct themselves. As a result, the muscles become strained and sore in the process. This then leads to all of the painful TMJ nerve damage symptoms. In some cases, patients may only experience TMJ pain on one side due to the imbalance.
To treat TMJ disorders, Dr. Siegel first completes a comprehensive exam where he examines your bite, muscles, jaw position, and much more. Using CBCT technology, he will take images to determine the exact shape, position, and bone density in the joint. With all the information gathered, Dr. Siegel will create a custom treatment plan that may involve the use of an oral splint, orthodontics, TENS, laser therapy, restorative dentistry, and much more.
With treatment, you can expect to find relief from facial pain and the other symptoms of TMJ disorders.