TMJ Pain and Headache Treatment in Newport Beach
Effective treatment for painful and misaligned jaw joints and headaches
Your jaw joint could be causing you headaches, pain and more!
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint or jaw joint) is composed of two hinge joints that join your lower jaw (mandible) with your “temporal” skull bone immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. It allows you to chew, talk and yawn.
TMJ Disorders (TMD) are problems with the jaw joint and the muscles attached to it. One or both temporomandibular joints may be affected. The stress on the jaw muscles can cause headaches, neck pain and other symptoms.
Dr. Amini is a specialist with in oral rehabilitation and has advanced training in jaw joint problems. He utilizes cutting-edge technology for accurate diagnosis and effective TMJ pain and headache treatment.
Typical symptoms of a malfunctioning TMJ
Typical symptoms of TMJ Disorder (TMD) are:
- Difficulty chewing
- Neck pain
- Upper shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Facial pain or tenderness around the jaw joint area
- Difficulty opening the mouth very wide
- Jaws that get “locked”
- Clicking, grating or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
Causes of TMJ problems
Your bite refers to how your teeth come together. Misalignment of your bite, such as an overbite or underbite, causes stress on the muscles and nerves involved in moving the jaw in chewing. Pain can be “referred” to other parts of the head and neck. A bad bite can occur as a result of inherited jaw misalignments, trauma or broken-down or worn teeth.
Teeth clenching and grinding (Bruxism)
Grinding or clenching your teeth, which can often be done unknowingly by people in their sleep, causes a lot of pressure on the TMJ.
Dislocation of the joint from the socket
Arthritis in the joint
Trauma and injury
Stress can get people into the habit of tightening their facial and jaw muscles or clenching their teeth.
High-tech, accurate diagnosis
Proper diagnosis of the TMJ problem is vital to treatment. Dr. Amini does a thorough consultation and uses advanced diagnostic technology to carefully analyze your bite and narrow down the cause of your symptoms.
To listen to the sounds of the jaw joints, Dr. Amini may employ a stethoscope or a Doppler ultrasound system. A cone beam CT scan, a high-tech digital imaging machine that produces 360º 3D X-rays, may be used to closely inspect the hard and soft tissues of the head and neck for underlying issues.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, Dr. Amini creates your treatment plan, which varies from patient to patient.
Oral appliance therapy
Dr. Amini will custom-create an appliance similar to a mouth guard that keeps your jaw relaxed and in its optimum position.
Night guards can be helpful for patients who grind or clench their teeth during sleep, helping to relieve some of the pressure on the teeth.
Invisalign teeth straightening
As an Invisalign provider, Dr. Amini can use this clear teeth straightening system to more permanently fix a misaligned bite by moving the teeth into an ideal position.
Dental work such as crowns, veneers and dental implants
Dental work such as crowns, veneers and dental implants can help re-position your jaw and bite alignment, relieving stress from the jaw joints. Dr. Amini is an expert in reconstructing patients’ smiles and can skillfully complete all of your dental work himself in our office.
BOTOX® for muscle relaxation
BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. It can also minimize lock jaw and eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding.
How can you help my headaches?
Heachaches are the number-one pain problem in the U.S. and an estimated 80% of them are caused by muscle tension. It is possible that your tension headaches are caused by jaw joint problems, which cause tension in the muscles of the head and neck.
TMJ-Related Headache Treatment
The trigeminal nerve, which is involved in biting and chewing, can send pain signals from the jaw joint to the rest of the head and neck, which results in headaches or neck pain.
Underlying causes of this tension include poor bite alignment (how your teeth come together), a poorly aligned or injured jaw joint, or imbalanced dental forces in the mouth, which can be caused by worn, missing, or improperly positioned teeth.
Dr. Amini will determine exactly the cause or causes of the joint tension and take action accordingly with one or more of the TMJ Disorder treatments listed above
To make an appointment, call 949-759-9777 or click here to request an appointment online.