Patients in Santa Monica and the Pacific Palisades are often shocked to discover how much pain their jaws can cause in the rest of their bodies. In fact, temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD, is a problem that affects thousands of people every year. Its symptoms, including chronic headaches, facial pain and neck and back soreness, are easily attributed to other, more widely known conditions. But TMJ is serious. Thankfully, Dr. Ana Brightleaf and the staff at Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry offer TMJ treatments that can significantly improve your quality of life.
Your Jaw and TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is a ball-and-socket joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It is thus positioned at an important, sensitive area in the body, and problems with this joint can ripple out and cascade through the body.
If your bite is uncomfortable or unnatural, if your teeth are misaligned or if you grind and clench your teeth, this will produce increased stress and inflammation in the muscles around the joint. This condition is TMJ/TMD, and it will cause you no end of hassle.
Symptoms of TMJ
The most obvious and well-known of TMJ symptoms are headaches. This tend to be chronic, and they’re easily confused with tension headaches. Headaches are usually what bring patients into the dentist’s office.
However, TMJ can also cause problems for any number of different body parts. Some examples of this dynamic include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
All of this caused by one joint in your jaw.
If you are suffering from one of the symptoms of TMJ in Santa Monica or Pacific Palisades, you don’t have to endure them silently. Please contact the offices of Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry today to arrange a consultation and discuss your options.