The problem with chronic pain as it relates to TMJ disorder is that TMJ disorder is not widely understood. Patients can experience all sorts of symptoms, including jaw pain, facial pain, neck pain, tinnitus, migraines, and even bruxism. With such a wide array of symptoms, it can be difficult for a dentist or physician to diagnose the problem as being an imbalance within the TMJ if they don’t have experience in looking for it. Even if they do suspect TMJ disorder, relatively few dentists or physicians are comfortable treating it because the problem can be so complex.
Chronic Pain and TMJ – The Relationship
In TMJ disorder, the jaw is misaligned, usually due to a “bad bite”, that is, when the teeth come together, the jaw is torqued into an uncomfortable position. The body will unconsciously try to realign the jaw joint to a more ideal position. This unconscious effort can bring about all sorts of pain, strain, and pressure on the jaw and any connected body parts, such as the ears, neck, and skull resulting in jaw pain, neck pain, and severe, migraine-strength headaches. Even though OTC medications may provide some relief, the fact is that the relief is temporary at best. Dr. Siegel can provide patients with permanent relief from TMJ symptoms by correcting the bite (occlusion).
Are you ready to end your chronic pain? If you suffer from constant pain in your jaw, neck, or face or suffer from nearly constant headaches, a problem within your TMJ may be the underlying culprit. Of course, TMJ disorder can only be diagnosed through proper examination. Contact Dr. Siegel’s Philadelphia area office today to schedule your consultation.