TMJ Head & Neck Pain

Do you suffer from frequent headaches or unexplained earaches? How about chronic pain in your jaw, facial muscles, or neck?

If you are experiencing daily discomfort, you may be one of the millions of patients suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Many sufferers to not realize that their symptoms are related to their jaw.

TMJ disorder can occur when the temporomandibular joints in the jaw become misaligned or damaged, and the muscles become overworked. Common causes of TMJ disorder include tooth grinding, arthritis, and physical trauma.

At our practice, we offer highly specialized TMJ treatment. Dr. Van Horn has extra experience and qualifications to treat TMJ disorders.

Common Symptoms of TMD

TMD symptoms can vary greatly from patient to patient, leaving many individuals to believe they are suffering from other medical conditions. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms below, visit Dr. Van Horn for a TMJ analysis.

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder, neck, facial pain
  • Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
  • Lock jaw or limited jaw movement
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Earaches or buzzing sounds in the ears

TMJ Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. Ronda Van Horn may suggest balancing the bite, an oral appliance, or other treatment measures.

If a poor bite is the cause of your jawbone dysfunction, our dentist can use corrective dental treatments to adjust the bite. She will balance the surfaces of the teeth with fillings or crowns.

Oral appliance therapy is another effective way to eliminate TMD. We can create a customized oral appliance that is specifically designed for you and will alleviate your symptoms. The oral appliance will keep the teeth and jaw in proper position, and will prevent teeth grinding or clenching.

Facial Pain & TMJ

TMD can cause facial pain and headaches that make it difficult for you to focus or enjoy your daily activities. Dr. Van Horn is adept at balancing a patient’s bite to relieve and reduce these symptoms. You should be able to live your life headache-free and move your jaw without experiencing any facial sensitivity.

At Island City Dentistry, we can help you. Dr. Van Horn will treat your TMJ issue at its source to prevent the disorder from developing again and provide relief for all of your symptoms.

Searching for the Best in TMJ Care?

When you’re suffering from daily pain, you don’t want just any dentist treating your TMJ. We offer highly specialized treatment at Island City Dentistry. Dr. Van Horn studied TMJ disorder for 4 years post graduation, and she is highly familiar with the ins and outs of the disorder and its treatments.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Dr. Van Horn will help you discover how you can balance the bite, reduce facial pains, and eliminate headaches for good. Contact our dental office to schedule an appointment today!