Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans. It can impact your ability to chew, your sleep, and the alignment of your bite. And in many cases, it causes debilitating pain and makes it difficult to function each day. At Exceptional Dentistry, our Louisville neuromuscular dentists can diagnose and treat TMJ disorder, using BioPak as one of our preferred treatment methods.
What is TMJ TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull on either side of the head.
Headaches are common for TMJ sufferers
TMJ disorder also can cause headaches that frequently occur, especially first thing in the morning. These headaches often can be mistaken for migraines. If you’ve been diagnosed with migraines but have struggled to find relief, TMJ disorder could be the root cause of your headaches.
TMJ disorder symptoms vary; two people who both suffer from the disorder may experience entirely different sets of issues. For this reason, TMJ disorder represents one of the greatest diagnostic challenges in medical science. We recommend consulting with a neuromuscular dentist for the best treatment outcomes.
Just as the symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary so much from patient to patient, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach.