More than 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, such as jaw pain, headaches or earaches.
The source of these aches and pains may be related to one or both of the Temporomandibular (TM) joints. Located on each side of the head, these joints work together, with a complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones, to make different movements for chewing and speaking.
- Improper bite (how teeth fit together)
- Jaw dislocation or injury
- Stress and various medication
Stress is thought to be a factor in TMD. Even strenuous physical tasks, such as lifting a heavy object or stressful situations, can aggravate TMD by causing overuse of jaw muscles, specifically clenching or grinding teeth (also known as bruxism).
Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. However, because the exact causes and symptoms of TMJ/TMD can be confusing.
At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell is one of the best-qualified doctors in the country for treating TMJ pain. His state-of-the-art treatments are proven to alleviate pain over the long term without the dangers of addiction to prescribed medications. Dr. Stan Farrell’s non-invasive approach to treating TMJ, which includes the use of a dental splint device, can often reposition the jaw without discomfort and helps strengthen facial muscles to assist in maintaining the proper jaw position over the long term. If you or someone you know is experiencing jaw pain or any type of facial pain please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at www.az-tmj.com for more information.