Louis R. Garcia, DDS

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Jaw Pain?

Dominion Ridge Dentistry TMJ Dental Patient Are you experiencing chipped and worn down teeth, severe headaches, neck pain, clicking of the jaw, restricted opening range of your jaw or ringing ears. It might be Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

Approximately 60 million people in America currently have TMJS.

To paraphrase, your sore muscles and the pain in the head and neck is due to muscle tissue, ligaments, joints, and bones not adequately lining up.

For a long time, the idea that chronic headaches and migraines were linked to the jaw joint had not been given serious attention. However, now the dental and medical communities are coming together in an interdisciplinary treatment regimen for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

Research through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the existence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome in 24 individuals referred to a neurology medical office. The purpose was to identify the number of sufferers referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJS would be the foremost reason for pain. They determined that 11 out of the 24 sufferers with headaches had TMJS. That percentage, nearly 50%, is considered a very high proportion when compared to the 15% in the total population determined to have TMJS.

As scientific opinion proceeds to grow regarding the link involving headaches and TMJS, sufferers who think they may have this disorder should come to our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.

Dominion Ridge Dentistry TMJ Dental Patient MelanieSymptoms of TMJ

• Popping, clicking whenever opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Chronic headaches and/or migraines
• Light headedness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Earache
• Jaw at times locks up whenever yawning
• Cramps or spasm within the jaw region

Causes of TMJ:

Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint syndrome are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Louis R. Garcia is able to carefully analyze TMJ symptoms to determine their cause or causes, and then develop appropriate treatment plans. The many possible causes of TMJ syndrome include:

• Excessive cartilage wear in the jaw joint
• A dislocation of the temporomandibular joint
• Clenching and grinding of the teeth
• A misaligned bite
• Inflammation as a result of arthritis

If you suffer from any symptoms like these, speak with us. Our own treatment methods usually involves zero pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. Dr. Louis R. Garcia can address these issues as they are more than likely due to clenching your teeth while you are asleep and sometimes during the day. If you clench your teeth, you utilize a number of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These kinds of muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or stress headaches and perhaps harm nearby ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles. By just cutting down the strength of the grinding by using a nighttime appliance, you are successfully lessening the cause of the discomfort.

Almost all dental treatment to remedy malocclusion necessitates the employment of a splint, or a dental device that temporarily adjusts the bite. In more serious cases, Dr. Louis R. Garcia could recommend a long-term change in the bite with tooth replacement, moving teeth with orthodontic therapy, or a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many people, the results have been successful and their return to a pain-free level has given them an additional chance at a more productive life.






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