Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
Should you notice any of these symptoms, let your doctor know. Your dentist can help indicate the presence of TMD and create an effective treatment just for you.
There are a few simple steps you can take at home or work to prevent TMD from becoming more severe, or to prevent it from occurring:
Phase 1 - Attempts to break the cycle of muscle spasms thereby relieving pain and producing an acceptable physiological relationship between the maxilla and mandible. Treatments can include:
Phase 2 - Attempts through more permanent means of treatment may include:
Dr. Curtis treats patients non-surgically for TMJ disorders, headaches, and facial pain.