Curing Seemingly Unrelated Pain
When you visit a cosmetic dentist, you don’t expect to get your migraines, headaches, facial pain, or ear pain cured. You expect to leave with a smile you’re proud to show off. Except, you aren’t going to want to show it off when you still have pain that your doctors can’t figure out or have misdiagnosed.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, often called TMJ and TMD is a misaligned bite. Sometimes this is due to health care measures such as intubation, trauma from an accident, bad oral habits such as nail-biting or pencil chewing, congenital issues, or bad dentistry. In all cases, we can treat TMJ with coronoplasty (minor changes to the shape of your teeth), neuromuscular orthotics (a “bite splint”), or a full mouth reconstruction (the use of dental crowns and dental veneers to change the bite). However, living with TMJ can cause seemingly unrelated symptoms. Migraines, headaches, ear pain, ear ringing, vertigo, neck pain, and tingling in the fingertips are common. Ear ringing or tingling fingers might be a mild annoyance, but other symptoms like migraines, vertigo, and neck pain can be debilitating. Choose a dentist who has the knowledge and skill to give you a beautiful smile and treat TMJ and its symptoms.