A TMJ diagnosis means that your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your lower jawbone to your skull, are causing your pain symptoms. These joints must work very hard throughout the day as you speak, chew and swallow your food, and yawn. The muscles in this area can easily become tired and sore. Pain in and around these joints can be quite unpleasant and may even restrict movement for some, but it could be literally excruciating for others.
Symptoms of TMD/TMJ & face pain can vary greatly from patient to patient. They are as unique as the individual patient themselves. But what makes one person have a slight, annoying ache but another person be brought to their knees with excruciating pain?
Patients that have face pain do not necessarily have TMJ. The exact cause of face pain is often difficult to diagnose. The reason is because there could be multiple factors contributing to the pain. It could include arthritis, poor bite force distribution, habitual jaw clenching or even a car accident or a severe fall. Unfortunately, poorly executed dental work could also be the culprit. In the case of accident trauma the “why” part may be clear, but exactly “how” the accident has changed the forces in your head must still be known if there is to be hope for long lasting or permanent pain relief.
Get Your Face Pain or TMJ Diagnosis from the Experts
Getting a proper TMJ diagnosis means looking to those who truly understand face pain and the root causes.
Patients have suffered with Face Pain or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) without realizing how these problems are related to dental force imbalances. Who better to diagnose and understand this than a dentist? It just makes sense, right? Even most physicians, when presented with patients who have face pain, are unprepared to properly diagnose and treat these folks. It really should come as no surprise that the knowledge base for TMJ, the face, and dental-related force force imbalances has always lived within the field of specialized Dentistry — NOT a medical doctor.
Schedule an appointment to be properly diagnosed for your TMJ or Face Pain by the experts at Savannah Headache and Migraine Center.