TMD / TMJ Treatment

Stop Your Headaches by Visiting La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad near Encinitas and San Marcos CA

The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, can develop a serious disorder that affects a multitude of people. With extremely uncomfortable symptoms, temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD) may cause severe pain and other complications that can be extremely disruptive to your daily activities. Dr. Stephen Dankworth and Dr. Kimberly Corrigan-Dankworth, Carlsbad dentists near San Marcos CA, offer TMJ treatments to alleviate your symptoms and help correct the underlying problem.

What Are TMJ Complications?

Jaw pain and headaches are common symptoms of TMJThe temporomandibular joint is the portion of your jaw (known as the mandible) that is connected to your skull by the temporal bone. Problems within this area involve inflammation of the ligaments or muscles as well as other issues that sometimes require TMJ treatment in order to function properly. We will analyze your TMJ problem and determine the most effective methods to treat your TMD.

Common TMJ Symptoms

TMD may present itself in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most common symptoms among sufferers:

  • Headaches / Migraines | If you are experiencing either mild or severe headaches, including migraines, the cause could be underlying issues with your TMJ. Many patients have received long-awaited headache relief simply by receiving TMJ treatment.
  • Clicking or Popping Jaw | Chewing certain foods can be much more difficult, especially with stiffness, clicking, or popping of the temporomandibular joint.
  • Localized Pain | TMD can often cause pain in either the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, as well as in your face and neck. We will determine if TMD is the source of the pain and determine the most effective TMJ treatment for you.
  • Hearing Problems | Another common symptom of TMD is called tinnitus. If you are experiencing any hearing issues, including high pitched frequencies when there are no sounds present, you may encounter difficulty sleeping and other complications.

Botox as a TMD Treatment

Did you know that Botox can be used to treat TMD? By injecting Botox into the jaw near the joint, we can relax the muscles around the temporomandibular joint and provide TMD symptom relief. Our patients who suffer from a TMJ disorder love the way their jaw feels and the headache relief they can experience after they’ve received treatment. You can find out if Botox is the right treatment for your temporomandibular disorder by calling us at our office today and arranging a consultation.

If you or a family member have frequent headaches or recognize any of these other TMJ symptoms, contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about TMJ treatment. We are located in Carlsbad and are easily accessible to all of North County including San Marcos and Encinitas.