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TMJ and TMD Treatment

Headaches & Neck Pain Relief

TMJ problems, also known as TMJ dysfunction (TMD), can cause a variety of seemingly unrelated problems, too. You may be suffering with chronic jaw pain, but you may also experience regular headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain, too.

There are lots of symptoms of TMD, and if you’re experiencing chronic pain problems that haven’t yet been explained, consider the possibility that you need TMJ treatment from Ritchie Dental Group.

Prevent Tooth Damage From Grinding Teeth

Do you ever feel like circumstances are spinning out of your control? You’re not the only one. If there’s one thing we all have in common fairly often, it’s that stressful situations can occupy our minds and sap our energy. This causes some of our Burnet patients to grind teeth.

Not only that, stress can actually compromise your health. If you are stressed, it’s more likely that you’re grinding teeth while sleeping. While this bit of information has been around for a while, a recent study shed light on a new piece of the grinding teeth puzzle.

The article published in the journal Head and Face Medicine shows that some ways of coping with stress can be healthier for your teeth and jaw than others. Those people who deal with stress by attempting to ignore their problems or internalize them are at higher risk for teeth grinding, also called bruxism. The study found that heavily grinding teeth or bruxism often uses what is termed as “negative” coping methods, like ignoring the causes of stress instead of working through problems directly.

Treating TMJ Dysfunction

The two small joints in front of your ears (your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ) can enable or inhibit smooth jaw motion. Several factors, such as stress, clenching, grinding, and trauma can irritate these joints, causing TMD pain that is often severe.

As a highly trained neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Ritchie can evaluate your TMJ problems and determine the best therapy for your unique condition. Treating your TMD can help you overcome problems like headaches and neck pain, and you’ll see improvement in your quality of life. Recommendations may include occlusal orthotic devices, restorative dental work, or neuromuscular orthodontics.

Headaches and neck pain are just some of the symptoms of TMD. Other signs you might be suffering with TMJ problems include:

  • Limited jaw movement.
  • Locking of the jaw.
  • Jaw clicking or popping.
  • Sudden major changes in bite.
  • Earaches.
  • Tooth pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • Hearing problems.
  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck, head, or shoulders.
  • Migraine headaches.

If you experience regular severe headaches or neck pain, visit our Marble Falls or Brady, TX dental office. Our neuromuscular dentist at Ritchie Dental Group will assess your TMJ health and diagnose any possible TMD.

An occlusal orthotic can be used to reposition your jaw, bringing it into alignment to help relax the muscles and take strain off the TMJ. If a bite misalignment is causing your TMD symptoms, Dr. Ritchie can provide you with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics can permanently change your bite to encourage healthy TMJ.

Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder Relief

For our Burnet patients with jaw pain or migraine headaches related to TMD, finding a solution is paramount. No one wants to live every day with jaw pain, facial pain, neck aches, or a migraine. Did you know that these conditions can all be caused by problems with your TMJ, the small joints that allow your jaw to hinge?

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, Ritchie Dental Group offers a different kind of solution at our Marble Falls or Brady dental office with neuromuscular dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry uses a variety of techniques to help the jaw find the right position for optimal comfort and function. Much of the jaw pain and migraine pain associated with TMD comes from even slight misalignments of the jaw joint. With neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on the relationship of the nerves and muscles throughout the body, we can correct these misalignments and train your jaw to maintain optimal position.

When your jaw is positioned improperly, the whole neuromuscular system is thrown off balance, sometimes resulting in jaw pain or migraine.

This can also lead to problems such as:

  • Neck Pain.
  • Shoulder Pain.
  • Ringing in the Ears.
  • Clicking or Popping of the Jaw Joint.
  • Difficulty Chewing or Speaking Properly.
  • Teeth Grinding or Clenching.
  • Damaged Teeth.
  • Severe Migraine.
  • Chronic Jaw Pain.

Chronic problems such as these are more than a mere annoyance; eventually, they will seriously erode your quality of life, and in some cases may even completely interrupt your ability to fulfill your daily duties. Some of our Burnet patients find they have to call in sick to work because of severe migraine headaches or TMJ pain. Neuromuscular dentistry can help alleviate these problems and get you back to doing the things you love

Put an End to TMD Headaches and Neck Pain in Marble Falls and Brady, TX

Chronic headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, and the damage associated with TMD can seriously affect your life. We want you to live the best life possible, which is why Dr. Ritchie offers neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ treatment.

Questions? Looking to schedule? Please contact us by phone or using the form on this page. We look forward to helping you resolve TMJ pain issues.

Other Services at Ritchie Dental Group

  • Cosmetic Dentistry: Enhance the appearance of your smile with our cosmetic dentistry solutions.
  • Dental Implants: Restore the function and beauty of your smile with our dental implant services.
  • Restorative Dentistry: Regain optimal oral health and functionality with our restorative dentistry options.
  • Laser Dental Fillings: Experience advanced and minimally invasive dental care with our laser dental fillings.
  • Sedation Dentistry: Enjoy anxiety-free dental visits with either gas or oral sedation dentistry.
  • General and Family Dentistry: Ensure the oral health and well-being of your entire family with our general dentistry services.
  • Emergency Dentistry: Receive prompt care for dental emergencies to alleviate pain and protect your oral health.
  • Neuro Muscular Dentistry: Find relief from jaw pain and TMJ disorders with our neuromuscular dentistry services.


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