Eliminate painful headaches and get relief from TMJ with treatments options from Dr. Yolanda Cintron.
You may have heard the term TMJ before, but not really know what it stood for. TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, means that the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaws doesn’t work properly. The parts of the bones that work with the joint are covered with cartilage and separated by shock-absorbing disks which help to keep the jaw working smoothly. If the disk erodes or is moved out of alignment then TMJ disorder can occur.
TMJ can be caused from excessive tooth grinding, jaw misalignment, arthritis, or damage caused by a blow or other impact. Most people with TMJ may feel like their jaw is popping or clicking. The misalignment can cause a number of different symptoms, including:
- Headaches often similar to migraines
- Pain and pressure behind the eyes
- Locked jaws
- Sore facial and jaw muscles
- Painful chewing
TMJ symptoms can be dramatically reduced through different treatments. Dr. Cintron will first evaluate you to determine the severity of your headaches and other symptoms. She will exam your jaw and your range of motion before taking X-rays.
Dr. Cintron has provided many patients relief from their TMJ. Basic treatments include applying moist heat or using ice packs, taking pain medication, and learning relaxation techniques. Dr. Cintron may also recommend a bite guard or oral split, which can align your jaw and alleviate many TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Cintron is a skilled doctor who practices environmentally safe, holistic dentistry. Her calming touch, years of experience, and desire to offer the best and safest products to her patients will ensure that you get the best solution to keep your teeth and mouth healthy! Schedule an appointment, today! We offer easy financing options.