It may be simple to say, but TMJ is a complex issue.
And complex issues call for advanced care. When it comes to TMJ treatments, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who could do more for you that Dr. Mark W. Wilhelm.
As our understanding of the causes of TMJ disorders has improved, so has our approach to treating this condition. TMJ problems can develop for multiple reasons. That is why we take a comprehensive approach to the problem.
You don’t just want to feel better tomorrow. You want to live pain-free for years to come.
We can help. Call 651-319-9064 today to schedule an appointment at our Woodbury, MN dental office!
Finding the Cause of Your TMJ
TMJ disorders can develop for a number of reasons:
- Infections and diseases
- Jaw alignment issues
- Teeth grinding (often a response to stress)
You may be affected by one of these causes or all of them at the same time. In many cases, more than one approach is needed to address all the issues affecting someone with a TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Millions of people suffer as a result of TMJ problems every day, and many of them don’t realize that is their real problem.
Like the causes of TMJ, the symptoms can vary from person to person. These symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Frequent headaches
- Frequent earaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Pain in your upper back, neck, or shoulders
- Painful clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth
- Jaw stiffness
If you are having any of these symptoms, you may want to try some home remedies. Eating soft foods for a few days or taking a pain reliever may be all you need to alleviate your symptoms. A warm or cold pack can help, too, depending on whether you are having jaw stiffness or swelling.
If your symptoms keep returning, however, that’s when you want to talk to our doctor. Recurring and chronic problems are the signs that your TMJ issue has become a TMJ disorder.
Dr. Wilhelm has seen enough patients suffer from TMJ issues. It’s why we invested in the best technology for identifying and tracking the success of your treatment.
Using EMG, or electromyography, we can measure the activity of your facial muscles. Our jaw tracker allows us to monitor the movement of your jaw. Computer software helps us translate those movements into data.
Those tools are used in conjunction with our Joint Vibration Analysis. This helps us measure the sound of vibrations, which may be too quiet to detect with human ears. It allows us to figure out where you may have an alignment issue in your jaw movement pattern.
Last, but not least, a T-Scan™ measures pressure at different parts of your jaw, which helps us locate any imbalances in your bite which may be contributing to your problems.
End Your Pain
If you are tired of waking up with headaches or fighting with a sore jaw after every meal, please make plans to visit Dr. Wilhelm today. Call 651-319-9064 or contact us online to set up your appointment.
The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.