TMD/Head & Facial Pain in Flower Mound, TX
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the connecting joint between your lower jawbone and skull. This joint makes it possible for us to move our jaws (up and down, side to side), making it the most used joint in the body. The joint, muscles, and ligaments are the main components that allow us to chew, speak, yawn and swallow properly.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMD, commonly called TMJ, is a real condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Often jaw problems are only a symptom, secondary to a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. In the absence of an acute injury to the head or face, the primary cause of jaw problems can sometimes be an unidentified sleep breathing issue, Sleep Apnea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms is key to successfully treating the disorder.
TMD has several side effects including but not limited to:
- Primary Headaches – migraine, tension and cluster
- Pain in Jaw Joint
- Facial, Neck and Back Pain
- Jaw Popping or Clicking
- Restricted Opening
- Catching or Locking of Jaw
- Pain When Chewing
- Ear Pain or Ringing in the Ears
Although, TMD is not life threatening, it can affect your quality of life. If left untreated, the symptoms listed above may get worse. To help restore your quality of life, it is important to get the proper treatment. Dr. Krish and the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre Team are dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and relieving pain caused by TMD.
How do we diagnose TMJ Disorder?
Before an initial exam, will fill out comprehensive forms which include a health questionnaire and sleepiness scale to help Dr. Krish better understand and diagnose their underlying issues.
During each new patient appointment, our assistants take photos and measurements that relate to the jaw, neck and head. Dr. Krish then performs a physical examination and Motor Reflex Testing to help create a customized plan. If needed, other testing, such as a full head CBCT scan may be ordered.