TMJ, Head and Facial Pain
TMD, commonly called TMJ, is a real condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Often jaw problems are only a symptom, secondary to a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. In the absence of an acute injury to the head or face, the primary cause of jaw problems can sometimes be an unidentified sleep breathing issue, sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea. Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms is key to successfully treating this disorder. Call us today to fix an appointment with our experienced TMJ specialist.
Symptoms of TMJ
A TMJ disorder could begin with a jaw injury and the condition can worsen over time, when other injuries or stress adds up in the same place. This results in pain and discomfort. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorders are:
Consequences of TMJ/TMD
A TMJ disorder often leads to several consequences, including:
How do we diagnose TMJ Disorder?
Before an initial exam, will fill out comprehensive forms which include a health questionnaire and sleepiness scale, to help Dr. Lisa DiGioia better understand and diagnose their underlying issues.
During each new patient appointment, our assistants take photos and measurements that relate to the jaw, neck and head. Dr.DiGioia then performs a physical examination and motor reflex testing to help create a customized plan. If needed, other testing, such as a full head CBCT scan may be ordered.
To learn more about your treatment options, get in touch with us.