TMJ & Orofacial Pain

Orofacial pain is generic phrase that encompasses many different types of pain that people experience in their jaws, face and head. TMJ refers to your Temporomandibular Joint and TMD refers specifically to an disorder in the joint.  TMD can cause a host of painful and limiting symptoms. These pains can be accute (come on quickly, can be severe, but last a relatively short period of time) or chronic (persists  in spite of medical treatment).

These pains can be caused by:

  • Musculoskeletal pain (TMD or TMJ pain) caused by chewing, grinding or clenching
  • Motor Vehicle Accident claims caused by trauma
  • Neurogenic pain (nerve pain)
  • Neurovascular pain (headache pain) such as migraines
  • Stress related factors such as anxiety or emotional issues

At your consultation visit, we gather information about your symptoms, perform a comprehensive medical and physical examination and will discuss your diagnosis and proposed treatment. Treatment modalities are directed towards management of the pain condition. In some cases it may be necessary to take more sophisticated imaging (MRI or CT scan) to reach a proper diagnosis. The sooner these symptoms are addressed the better 

We work to provide a stress-free environment using evidence-based treatments.  Treatment is designed to reduce pain and increase jaw function using self-care, physical therapies, relaxation and pain management methods and dental appliances.