Balanced Bite

Helping Treat TMJ In San Diego

What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?

Migraines or severe headaches can have many causes. Did you know that problems with your jaw and teeth can be one such cause?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome, also known as TMJ for short, is a bite problem that often results in splitting headaches. The main factors contributing to TMJ are clenching your jaws, having an improper bite and grinding your teeth too much out of stress or as a bad habit. Other minor causes are too much chewing and dislocation or injuries to your jaw.

Headaches are often caused because there is inflammation in the jaw due to the teeth and jaw being misaligned. While it may appear as a minor issue that you can just ignore, the fact is that further complications or increased pain may easily arise later on. This is why prompt and effective treatment is necessary at the earliest possible time.

TMJ treatment with Sandiego dentist in La Mesa and El CajonWhile taking medicine such as pain relievers may help with dealing with the pain, the most advisable approach is to consult with your dentist for a permanent treatment. It is much more difficult to become reliant on medication, and you will also end up better in the long run if you seek a permanent solution to persistent pain.

Symptoms of TMJD

TMJD can lead to headaches as well as a number of other debilitating symptoms, including:

  • Muscle tenderness
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Discomfort chewing, talking, or opening the mouth
  • Swelling around the joint
  • A “tired” feeling in the jaw
  • Ear pain, ringing, or buzzing
  • Neck and shoulder pain

How Does TMJD Treatment Work?

Dr. Gray and his experienced San Diego dentist team can help you with by diagnosing pain caused by TMJ and helping come up with the best treatment and solution for you. Every case is unique, and our personal approach will ensure that your specific circumstances are addressed.
We will first conduct a thorough interview to determine whether you have to make any changes to your habits and behavior in order to eliminate grinding and clenching that stresses your jaw. We may also have to prescribe certain restorative dental procedures in order to realign your teeth and jaw, if necessary. Finally, we might also advise you to take some mild medications and undergo physical therapy in order to make sure that the pain is eliminated for good.

Headaches? Jaw Pain? Get TMJ Treatment in La Mesa!

With Dr. Gray and his experienced staff, you can be assured of a friendly environment, quality treatments and lasting effects. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you are already feeling pain. Call, text, or email and schedule an appointment today if you are in the San Diego area, including La Mesa and El Cajon!

[testimonial_rotator id=6049]