Men and women who suffer from headaches or jaw pain, or both, may wonder if they are suffering from TMJ or TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorder is a name for a group of problems men and women suffer from on a scale that can be unbearable. Knowing if your jaw, head, neck, or face pain is the result of TMJ can be diagnosed by Dr. Whitmore. Contact Whitmore Dental in Plano, Texas to request a consultation today.
Symptoms of TMJ
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain or popping in the jaw
- Radiating pain through the neck and shoulders
- Terrible tension or migraine-like headaches
- Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
These symptoms are often chronic and those who suffer may go from doctor to doctor without finding the root cause. This cause is often a misaligned jaw, which puts pressure on the trigeminal nerves, the large nerves that run through the cranium. When a large nerve that controls sensation and control in the face and head is affected by misalignment, the result can be pain and discomfort.
Suspected TMJ may not have one tell-tale sign and no two people will have the same symptoms. Dr. Whitmore and his team will consult with you about your pain and examine your jaw, head, and neck. He is trained in diagnosing TMJ using diagnostic imaging equipment, so there is no need for drugs or surgery. If a TMJ diagnosis is made, there are several options to treat your pain.
If your headaches or jaw pain has started to affect your everyday life, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to schedule a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.