Jaw pain and tension headaches can be some of the most debilitating symptoms to deal with outside of the dentist’s office. These symptoms should be reported to your dentist during your routine preventative care appointments. Patients who experience frequent jaw pain or tension headaches are likely to be suffering from a TMJ disorder, or an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This joint is especially important because it attaches the jaw to the skull. Many things can cause TMJ disorders to occur, and our doctors will work with you to find the underlying cause of your symptoms and treat them effectively. Learn more about TMJ treatment below.
TMJ Treatment in Miami, FL
Dr. Renier Suarez and Dr. Teresa Suarez are experienced restorative dentists in Miami, FL. A Dawson Scholar, Dr. Suarez is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental health concerns such as TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders may cause a wide range of symptoms for patients including jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, facial soreness, or a popping noise whenever you open and close your mouth. Treating your TMJ disorder will depend on the underlying cause of your joint inflammation. Your joint inflammation may be caused by:
- Missing teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven bite pattern
- Teeth grinding
- Facial trauma
Our doctors will thoroughly evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to locate the underlying cause of your jaw pain and treat it effectively. We recommend many of our patients try oral appliance therapy for symptom management. Oral appliance therapy involves the use of a nightguard or a custom mouthguard that is worn at night. The nightguard will hold your jawbone in a healthy resting position as you sleep to ensure you wake up with a relaxed and restored jawbone. If you have a history of clenching your jaw in your sleep or grinding your teeth under stress, this treatment plan will be especially helpful in preventing dental damage or joint inflammation.
Botox & Dermal Fillers
We are excited to offer our patients the opportunity to treat their TMJ disorder using Botox and dermal fillers. These products, traditionally used for cosmetic purposes, come with added benefits for patients who struggle with TMJ disorders and teeth grinding. Strategically injected into pressure points surrounding your facial features and jawbone, botox and dermal fillers can relax inflamed muscles and may relieve you of your jaw pain. Schedule a consultation with our doctors today to find out how Botox and dermal fillers can be incorporated into your treatment plan.