Dentist in Franklin, OH explains how TMJ/TMD is causing your headaches
Finding a dentist in the Franklin, OH area who can provide a wide range of services under one roof can be difficult, but thanks to the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry, patients can have many procedures done in one office! Our dentists explain to patients how they can care for their smiles and what they can do to improve their appearance. Our dental team can also explain how conditions such as TMJ disorder may be causing headaches.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint.” This is the joint that hinges the lower jaw and allows the mouth to open and close. However, sometimes, this joint can begin to malfunction along with the muscles around it, resulting in a variety of symptoms. TMJ disorder, known as TMD, has many symptoms, including:
- Clicking and popping jaw
- Jaw locking
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Tension and aches from the ears down to the shoulders
- Discomfort around the jaw joint
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
Patients who have these problems may want to work with our dental team to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Patients are often interested in hearing how TMJ is causing their headaches and pain, sometimes without them even realizing what is going on. Patients may not realize that stress is causing tension in the mouth, which can result in the development of pain and discomfort in the face, neck, and shoulders.
How is TMJ disorder treated?
TMD can be treated without surgical intervention in most cases. This is done with the use of oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that patients wear at night – or during the day – to align their jaw and reduce the unwanted tension in the mouth that can result in the pain and discomfort patients often experience with this condition. Drs. Scott Everhart, Mamta Kori and Isha Patel are all dedicated to helping patients find solutions for their conditions, so they can improve their overall quality of life.
What other options are there for the treatment of TMD?
In more severe cases, patients may need to undergo treatments such as orthodontics to address jaw misalignment, which may be contributing to the condition. Additionally, patients may want to ask about surgical interventions if they are having serious problems with their TMJ. During an initial evaluation, our staff of professionals will evaluate the smile and the functionality of the mouth to determine what level of assistance is needed to give a patient the opportunity to enjoy life again without dealing with problems such as this.
How much does oral appliance therapy cost?
The cost of treatment varies from patient to patient, and is also affected by dental insurance. Patients with dental insurance may find that their treatment cost is reduced or even eliminated depending on the coverage they have with their policy. Our front office team can work with patients and their insurance providers to determine what the cost of oral appliance therapy would be, and if there is a remaining balance, decide on a method of payment that works best for their budget. Patients who need to finance their treatment can do so with our team, breaking up their treatment costs over the course of several months so they can pay over time. This is often a terrific way for our patients to get the treatment they need even on a tight budget. We accept many different insurance policies in our practice, so we encourage patients to bring their dental insurance card in when they visit to get an accurate quote for treatment.
Interested in determining if TMD is a concern for you?
Contact the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry to speak to our team of professionals and undergo an evaluation to determine if the cause of your headaches is due to a muscular and joint issue such as this. Call the Franklin, OH practice located at 3420 Atrium Boulevard, Suite #100 at (855) 912-7677.Back to TMJ/TMD Page