TMJ Doctor in Canton, OH
New York’s Finest TMJ Specialist
Suffering from frequent headaches, migraines, jaw muscle pain, facial soreness and earaches isn’t normal, but these conditions are treatable! Such symptoms can often point to TemporomandibularJoint Disorder (TMJD) and sleep disordered breathing.
At Advanced Dental Arts, Dr. Jeff Danner specializes in diagnosing and successfully treating TMJ disorders and sleep disordered breathing. In fact, he sees patients from all over the world. Don’t endure oral discomfort or another restless night of sleep. Give us a call and experience TMJ pain relief.
What is TMJ Disorder (TMJD)?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on either side of your jaw and include a series of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones that allow the teeth to come together. Together, they work to help you move your jaw when chewing, swallowing or speaking. TMJ, jaw joint problems or temporomandibular disorder all refer to pain associated with a misaligned bite or how your top and bottom teeth meet. A misalgined bite leads to muscles that are overworked when they should be relaxed, resulting in inflammation in the TMJ. This causes your teeth to possibly meet differently day by day, leading to additional signs and symptoms of what is commonly called TMJ.
• Head pain
• Jaw pain or popping
• Face pain
• Difficulty chewing
• Pressure behind the eyes
• Ringing in the ears
• Ear congestion
• Teeth grinding
• Injury to the head or jaw
• Sleep disordered breathing
One or more symptoms can be painful, debilitating, frustrating and lead to excessive use of pain medication.
If you experience difficulty with jaw movement, pain or hear a popping or clicking noise when moving your mouth, be sure to let us know. You may have TMJ disorder or “TMD.” Dr. Danner can examine your mouth and jaw to see how your teeth close together. He may also recommendadditional diagnostic tests to better evaluate your problem. If you have TMD, help (and relief) are available.
Treating TMJ Symptoms
You may find that your TMJ issues flare up from time to time, especially during periods of stress. To treat your discomfort, Dr. Danner will work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
This might include relaxing the facial muscles with specialized instrumentation to determine the correct placement of the upper and lower and jaw in relation to each other. A custom oral appliance will be fabricated using computer generated design to ensure the ideal position for muscle comfort and decreased inflammation of the TMJ. An individual suffering from unresolved facial, head or TMJ pain may have jaw positioning muscles that are overworked trying to maintain their present pre-programmed postion, even when one thinks they are relaxed.
Our evaluation of a patient's pain includes:
• Surface electromyography of the mastication muscles at rest and in fucntion;
• Computerized manidublar scanning of the range of motion in 3 dimensions;
• Electrosonography to record sounds/vibrations of the TMJs during opening and closing.
The diagnostic process often includes an at-home sleep study to determine if a patient is also experiencing clenching and grinding (and possibly sleep apnea) during sleeping hours.This is particularly helpful since daytime issues are often exacerbated unknowingly through the night. See our page on Sleep Apnea for details: Sleep Apnea & Snoring
An analysis of this objective information assists in the diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. Treatment often incorporates a customized intraoral appliance, using computer-guided diagnostic software, to place the jaw in an ideal position which provides a comfortable resting point and eliminates pain.
For more information, visit The Center for Facial Headache TMJ Pain.
"I am sorry I put it (neuromuscular treatment) off as long as I did," said Donna S., a patient of our office. "The headaches gradually went away once I started wearing my orthotic. Before this treatment, I had no idea how much pain I was just living with every day."
Do you suffer from recurring facial, headache or jaw pain? Glance through the checklist below to see if any of those symptoms describe what you experience or have experienced. We may be able to help you eliminate your pain and the need for medications, and increase your quality of life. Please call our office to schedule a free consultation at your convenience.
• Jaw popping
• Difficulty opening mouth
• Plugged ears/ ear congestion
• Ringing in the ears
• Loose teeth
• Facial pain
• Sensitivity to hot/cold
• Forward head posture
• Deep overbite