Is pain in your jaw or neck having a negative impact on you life? Do you feel like you’ve tried the treatments available without success? We can help! Your symptoms could be due to bite imbalances and we have the tools and expertise to bring you lasting relief.
What is TMD/TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. This hinge allows you to move your jaw in all directions to chew, speak and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a group of conditions that involve issues with your TMJ and the facial muscles that control its movement. The symptoms can flare up in any of the interconnected parts including your jaw, ears, nose, face, neck, shoulders and upper back and may include:
- Jaw, face or neck pain and tenderness
- Persistent headaches
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds in your jaw
- Decreased jaw mobility and trouble opening your mouth fully
- Jaws that get locked in an open or closed position
Our Approach to Jaw Pain
While TMD can be due to an injury or arthritis, other times it’s actually the result of an imbalance in the forces in the nerves, ligaments and muscles. It’s important to receive a proper diagnosis before deciding on a course of action, which is why we conduct a thorough TMJ examination. Once we’ve pinpointed the cause, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help alleviate your discomfort. We take a conservative multidisciplinary approach and aim to use less invasive treatments. Options for TMJ pain may include oral appliances combined with physical therapy, trigger point injections or Botox (botulinum toxin) injections. We’ll walk you through your choices at your consultation.
Why Choose Us for TMJ/TMD Treatment?
Dr. Sturgill has extensive experience in TMD treatment due to his rotations at the Facial Pain Clinic at Harvard University – Massachusetts General Hospital and additional time at the Southwest Pain Management Clinic. He worked alongside specialists in other disciplines including psychologists, neurologists, physical therapists and psychiatrists to help provide patients with the most comprehensive diagnosis and care. Furthermore, Dr. Sturgill is certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics for the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) and trigger point injection techniques to aid in the treatment of TMJ/TMD, headaches and migraines.