Do you have jaw pain in Columbus, OH, frequent headaches, neck pain, and sometimes back pain? Did you know that even back pain can be associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues? Dr. Rob Heller can evaluate your jaw pain and treat your TMJ symptoms in Lewis Center, OH. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is characterized by pain in the jaw, face, neck, and shoulders. While the exact cause of TMJ pain is still unknown, scientists have come to believe the pain results from problems with the surrounding muscles and the joint itself. Dr. Rob Heller can diagnose your condition and provide effective TMJ treatment in Lewis Center, OH.
Often times, TMJ pain will go away on its own once the joint has had time to rest and relax. Dr. Heller might suggest a diet of soft foods, taking over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or using a warm compress. If these methods do not work, you will need to seek further treatment.
Dr. Heller will recommend some muscle relaxation techniques to do at home to stretch and relax your jaw muscles. You may be fitted for a nightguard appliance that is worn over your upper or lower teeth at night. This appliance aids in easing the extreme pressure exerted on your jaw muscles during nighttime clenching and grinding. It also helps to protect your teeth from excessive wear.
The temporomandibular joints are located on each side of the head. This is a hinge joint that connects your skull to your lower jaw bone. The muscles surrounding the joint allow for a wide range of movement of the jaw, such as side to side and up and down. People who suffer from jaw pain associated with this joint have a condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Daily activities such as talking, yawning, and chewing can be compromised when the TMJ is not functioning properly. Dr. Heller can diagnose your TMD and provide a number of treatment options.
TMD can greatly affect your overall quality of life. You do not have to live with chronic head, neck, and jaw pain. TMD is a fairly common health condition that is easily diagnosed and treated. Call Dr. Heller in Lewis Center, OH today to learn more about your options for TMD treatment and get back to a healthy and pain free smile.
If these methods do not alleviate discomfort, a more invasive technique might be employed such as cortisone shots to relieve pain and inflammation. A small number of patients might require jaw joint replacement surgery to ultimately cure their TMJ pain.
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