Q I suffer quite a bit from severe jaw pain and migraine headaches in Jacksonville. Someone told me that I might have TMJ. How can I be tested for this and what does a cosmetic dentist do to check for this disorder?
TMJ—which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder—is a common dental disorder that can cause migraine headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms. If you think you might have TMJ, it is important that you see a cosmetic dentist to be checked.
When you visit our St. Augustine cosmetic dentistry office, we will have you go through a complete dental and medical evaluation. This includes computerized testing to get an in-depth look at your bite, your jawbone, and more. Here are a few of the things we look for.
- Damaged jaw joints
- Popping, clicking, or grating sounds associated with the jaw movement
- How wide your jaw will open
- If your jaw locks
- Tooth wear from grinding your teeth
- Infections in ears, sinuses, or teeth
- Bony details of your jaw joint
- Analysis of the surrounding soft tissues
None of the tests are invasive, so you can rest easy that diagnosing your TMJ will not cause you serious discomfort. As your test results come in, it will become apparent what is causing you to experience TMJ. For example, if your teeth are worn smooth (rather than displaying normal bumps and ridges), it is evident that you may have TMJ as a result of grinding your teeth. When we know this, we can better determine a treatment method that will be effective for you.
Call us today at 904-940-3933 to schedule your consultation and appointment. The faster we can help you determine whether you have TMJ, the faster you can be treated and live a better quality of life.