If you are experiencing headaches, pain in the jaw, neck or face, you might suffer from TMJ disorder. The good news is that it is treatable with Dr. Aman. Visit our office to learn more.
Pain in the jaws, neck pain, headaches, facial pain, difficulty opening and closing your jaws or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth: All of these symptoms may be indicators of TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints allow your jaws to open and close. When these joints get stressed, the result can be pain anywhere in your head or face, sometimes even extending to your neck and spine. Stress on the TM joints can be caused by natural wearing down of the soft tissue that cushions the joints or by injury, a bad bite, teeth grinding or teeth clenching. As a TMJ dentist, Dr. Aman in Leesburg offers treatment that can alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder.
The most common treatment for TMJ disorder is an oral appliance called a splint. This is similar to a mouthguard. Dr. Aman can customize a splint for you that will fit your mouth precisely. When you wear the splint, it helps your jaws to stay in the optimum position for comfort and stress-relief on the TM joints. You can wear the splint while you sleep to eliminate nighttime grinding or clenching and keep your jaws from being stressed overnight. If you wake up with headaches, neck pain or sore jaws, wearing a splint while you sleep can help you to sleep better and wake up without pain.
“I’d gotten so used to my jaw pain that it just seemed normal to me. My husband finally convinced me to see someone about it. I’m so happy that someone was Dr. Aman. He was able to diagnose me with TMJ disorder and actually help me feel better. With his help, my jaw pain is a thing of the past!”
– Jean, Stumptown, VA
Jean’s chronic jaw pain developed in early adulthood and had been there ever since. “It slowly got worse in the beginning, but then just kind of leveled out. It was worse than normal sometimes, but I always just dealt with the pain.”
Dr. Aman listened to Jean’s symptoms and took x-rays of her jaw. He diagnosed her with TMJ disorder and talked with her about treatment options. “I was scared the treatment would be lengthy and expensive, but Dr. Aman suggested an oral appliance device that was comfortable and easy to wear.”
Today, Jean can’t imagine life with her jaw pain. “I can’t believe I lived with it for as long as I did. Dr. Aman was amazing and helped me get rid of my chronic pain once and for all!”
If you have a bad bite, this means that your top and bottom teeth do not come together correctly. Sometimes a bad bite like an overbite is noticeable, but sometimes people with teeth that appear to be in normal may actually have a bite misalignment that can only be detected by a dental exam. A bad bite can cause or contribute to TMJ disorder. Having a bad bite corrected can relieve TMJ symptoms.
If you have frequent headaches or face pain, a sore or clicking jaw or any other symptoms of TMJ disorder, call our office for a consultation to discuss your symptoms and possible solutions.