When TMJ / TMD pain controls your life…
well, that’s not really living
Does this sound like you? Lying in bed in the morning, the sun has just made its appearance, the birds outside are singing their way to an early morning and you are cocooned under your covers, warm, content and slowly adjusting to the new day. You are peaceful and happy, thinking about the day ahead, until you lift your head from the pillow to start your day….
That’s when the reality hits and you are made crushingly aware of the truth. You are living in pain! And you have been for far too long now. You can’t remember when this all started and you have no idea what’s causing it; all your know is you need this to come to and end – now!
The truth is, you could be living with TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If you aren’t sure, here are some symptoms and signs that can be associated with TMD: horrible migraine-like headaches, jaw ache, dizziness, clicking in your jaw, grinding and clenching of teeth, ringing or plugged ears, stabbing pain behind your eyes, tight and sore neck muscles, sore shoulders, facial pain, tingling or numbness in your arms, hands or fingers and problems with your posture – and all of these can be treated with neuromuscular dentistry.
How can a dentist help?
That’s a really common question. And one that not many people can answer. Your TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint, is essentially your jaw joint. If your teeth are unaligned or don’t fit the way they should (if you have a “bad bite”) you can suffer from a number of painful and unbearable symptoms, all related to your jaw joint. A dentist specifically educated in neuromuscular dentistry can detect, treat and eradicate your jaw problems. This in turn can relieve or completely abolish all pain associated with this disorder.
Relentless headaches. Jaw and facial pain. Clicking, ringing or popping in your ears. A face that’s changing shape. Tingling down your arm and in your fingers. Tenderness in your shoulders and neck. All of these can be directly related to your bad bite and all of these mean a life filled with pain, unease and discomfort.
Dr. Tim Stirneman recognizes that your symptoms, as physically harming as they can be, can be as equally harmful, emotionally. Now that you know your pain and discomfort can be diagnosed and treated with neuromuscular dentistry, don’t wait another day. Take action and give All Smiles Dental a call. They will be your partner in this journey – a journey ending in a new, revived and rejuvenated you!