TruDenta® for TMJ Disorders in Athens, GA
If you been suffering from chronic headaches, facial pain and tenderness, and migraines, you may be experiencing TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where your jaw connects to the side of your head. The jawbone needs to be able to move up and down and side to side, as well as handle the enormous forces that the jaw can exert. It is one of the most complicated joints in the body, with a specialized structure and tissue makeup.
This disorder is quite common, with an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from TMJ issues. These problems can be chronic and debilitating, and if left untreated can lead to other symptoms like tinnitus. Other common symptoms include the jaw locking in an open or close position, as well as clicking or popping noises during movement.
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What causes TMJ?
Many people suffering from the symptoms of TMJ disorders, such as jaw pain and TMJ headaches, have searched for the cause behind their disorder. While each individual disorder may be caused from different factors, TruDenta® allows Dr. McRae to treat most TMJ symptoms.
- Stress is an important factor — it frequently increases muscle tension in the jaw, which creates imbalances over time
- Any kind of physical trauma
- Dental work, orthodontics
- Any quirk in your eating habits, or grinding of the teeth
- Time – your mouth and jaw are made up of living tissue, and can shift as you age
Relief from TMJ headaches and jaw pain is possible without dependence on pain killers, wearing a mouth guard to sleep every night, or turning to surgical treatments, although National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that surgery to correct TMJ issues be avoided whenever possible. Tricyclic antidepressants are also occasionally used for pain relief.
TruDenta® is a system designed to treat the causes of your TMJ disorder and not just temporarily alleviate the symptoms. TruDenta® is a modern and effective treatment now available in the dental and sports medicine fields that provides relief to patients suffering from TMJ headaches, jaw pain, and facial tenderness.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Your bite ages along with your body. Natural teeth wear away at rates depending on genetics, home care, and dietary habits. A good example of the different wear rates is to think about the materials used in common dental work such as crowns and fillings. Either can be made of ceramics, precious metals, or other materials that all wear at different rates depending on their composition. Misalignment puts pressure on certain areas of your mouth unevenly, often causing our muscles to compensate. Joints and cartilage also wear as you age, reducing the original thickness.
These changes in your teeth, bite, and joints as you age are a potential cause of many uncomfortable symptoms such as jaw pain or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) headaches. Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. and his staff in Athens, GA are trained in TruDenta®, which can potentially solve many of your symptoms related to aging and TMJ disorders.
Trauma to the body, head, and neck can cause force related symptoms leading to TMJ headaches and jaw pain. These instances of trauma are common and often unavoidable, coming from car accidents, playing sports, or even bumping your head. These traumas may be long forgotten or easily dismissed as minor, but the stretching or tearing of ligaments and muscles are not. They can all contribute to dental imbalances and subsequent problems associated with it.
Symptoms such as TMJ headaches and jaw pain can also be a product of dental repairs and orthodontic changes. While dental repairs and orthodontic changes may not be the cause of your symptoms, not adapting to them over time can certainly cause TMJ headaches and jaw pain.
Stress, diet, long commutes, and excessive computer usage can contribute to unwanted symptoms. Those who are stressed are more likely to incur dental force related symptoms in the head, neck, and jaw. The same is true for people who exhibit poor posture, which is common in those who endure long commutes and spend a lot of time on a computer. A poor diet can contribute to TMJ headaches and jaw pain, as well as weight gain.
If you have been experiencing TMJ headaches or jaw pain as a result of anything listed above, TruDenta® may be able to help you. Call Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to set up an appointment to evaluate your head, neck, or jaw symptoms with our TruDenta® diagnostic technologies.
TruDenta® has been proven to:
- Reduce pain levels and duration
- Alleviate TMJ headaches without the risk of pharmaceutical dependence
- Put you in control of the healing process
- Possibly allow you to return to your life before the TMJ pain
- If you are experiencing pain or discomfort associated with a TMJ disorder, call Dr. McRae today. We have a screening process to determine if TruDenta® is the solution for your TMJ headaches and jaw pain. In fact, TruDenta® employs a digital diagnostic system powered by state of the art technology that may be able to show you and us what is causing your TMJ disorder.
Bite Force Analysis — this TruDenta technology is able to analyze and display the different forces at play in your mouth and jaw, right down to how much pressure is exerted by each individual tooth.
Range of Motion Analysis — TruDenta’s ROM system measures any abnormal or restricted movement in your head and neck in order to narrow down potential causes and create a specialized treatment plan.
With advanced dental technology, we have a greater opportunity to address TMJ disorders. Call the office of Dr.McRae in Athens, GA today to learn more about TruDenta® and other TMJ disorder treatment options.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort associated with a TMJ disorder we have a screening process to determine if TruDenta® is the solution for your TMJ headaches and jaw pain. TruDenta® employs a digital diagnostic system powered by state of the art technology that may be able to show you and Dr. McRae what is causing your TMJ disorder.
With advanced dental technology, we have a greater opportunity to address TMJ disorders. Call the office of Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to learn more about TruDenta® and other TMJ disorder treatment options.