TMJ Pain and Headache Treatment in Palm Desert
Effective treatment for misaligned and painful jaw joints
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is often referred to as the jaw joint. The TMJ is composed of two hinge joints that connect your lower jaw (mandible) to your temporal (underneath your temples) skull bones directly in front of your ears. These joints and attached muscles are what you use when you eat, talk or yawn.
TMJ disorder (TMD) is a result of difficulties with the jaw joint and the attached muscles. Various forces can cause stress on these structures which can lead to neck pain, headaches and other symptoms.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu are able to offer a comfortable solution that provides relief from TMD symptoms in many cases.
Causes of TMJ symptoms
TMJ dysfunction can be caused by a number of different factors, all of which move the jaw joints out of alignment or cause strain in the surrounding nerves or muscles. Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, bite misalignment and emotional stress which contributes to muscle tightening are the main contributors.
Difficulty can also develop when the joints become dislocated or suffer from some other injury. TMJ issues can also result from the joints having developed arthritis.
Typical Symptoms of TMJ Malfunction
Typical symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD) include:
- Neck pain
- Ringing in your ears
- Upper shoulder pain
- Facial tenderness or pain around the jaw joint
- Jaws that get “locked”
- Difficulty opening your mouth very wide
- Grating, popping or clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
Our TMJ Treatment
Our doctors will perform a bite check and TMJ evaluation to identify any problems with your jaw joint. All patients receive this evaluation as part of their comprehensive new patient exam.
Dr. Bergmann or Dr. Izu will conduct a thorough examination of your head and neck for any signs of strain, and will check your jaw joint function for any irregularities, pain or unusual noises. To check your bite alignment, the doctor will have you bite down on a special paper that shows your bite and displays any irregularities that would cause strain.
State-of-the-art night guards to reduce pain
If teeth clenching, grinding or an irregular, uneven bite is found to be causing TMJ problems, our doctors can create a custom-made night guard to relieve the pressure on your jaw joint. Great care is taken to ensure each night guard fits properly and comfortably.
Your night guard will allow your strained muscles to relax and thus alleviate discomfort. The doctor will also educate you on how and when to wear your guard for maximum effectiveness.
Should your night guard not sufficiently resolve your symptoms, our doctors can refer you to a trusted specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.