Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Are they interfering with your routine and diminishing your quality of life?
Recurring headaches can be indicative of a serious dental health concern, TMJ. By diagnosing the root of your headaches, you can be relieved of your chronic pain, and get back to living your life.
Annapolis MD dentists Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Lim are highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Utilizing the latest technology and techniques, Dr. Finlay is able to diagnose and treat TMJ with more accuracy. Our Annapolis area dentist office is equipped with the latest in CT/MRI scans and computer assisted occlusal analysis.
TMJ refers to a wide variety of issues causing dysfunction in your bite. TMJ is a complex disorder that requires accurate diagnostics and specialized treatment that will build and support a long lasting comfortable bite. TMJ most commonly affects women aged 20 to 40. Symptoms vary in severity and can progress over time. Drs. Finlay and Lim encourage patients to seek help as soon as they notice signs of TMJ. Diagnosing the cause of your TMJ as early as possible may avoid more invasive and expensive treatment procedures.
Signs You May Have TMJ
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Sore jaw or jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Poor range of motion in the jaw joints and/or locking jaw
- Popping noise in the jaw joint
- Pressure in the ear or earaches
TMJ Treatment Annapolis
There is no one cause for TMJ and every case is as unique as the patient. Dr. Finlay or Dr. Lim will help you identify the cause of your jaw joint discomfort. Drs. Finlay and Lim offer several different treatment options and will discuss each one with you. Taking the time to discuss your options and hearing your concerns, your dentist will build a TMJ treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and offers lasting results.
Splints or Night Guards : Dental splints and night guards are a highly effective and conservative treatment for TMJ headaches. Dr. Finlay and Dr. Lim will custom fit a dental appliance that will bring your teeth and jaw joints into proper alignment. The custom fit splint will fit to your mouth and most patients experience little to zero discomfort. By easing the tension on your jaw, grinding, clenching and muscle tension are greatly reduced.
Bite Correction Procedures – In more serious cases Dr. Finlay or Dr. Lim may suggest more in depth treatments such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics or even dental restorations (crowns or veneers).
Don’t suffer from chronic headaches and facial pain. If you think you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder at any phase, schedule a visit with Dr. Finlay or Dr. Lim in our Arnold dentist office.