TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

Our doctors use state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to correct TMJ disorders and relieve pain and discomfort.

Be free from jaw joint pain and headaches

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. MarysTemporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is caused by problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, the joint that hinges your lower jaw to the temporal bone of your skull. Jaw joint pain, clicking or popping of the joint and headaches are symptoms of a TMJ disorder.

Friendly, experienced professional treatment

The first step in providing effective treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Pennington and Dr. Parker have extensive experience with treating disorders of the jaw joint and jaw muscles, and know exactly how to pinpoint the problem area. 95% of jaw pain is caused by muscular problems rather than jaw joint problems. Our doctors check for TMD during new patient exams.

New Patient Consultation: Exam, X-Rays & Consultation

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

A functional exam helps our doctors determine if there any problems with your bite alignment or jaw.

To help you find out if your headaches or other facial discomfort is caused by TMD, come in for our new patient exam which includes TMD diagnostics and the following services.

  • Functional exam: check TMJ joint, bite alignment and functional analysis of your bite
  • Structural exam: check each tooth for signs of decay, pitting, breakage, gaps between teeth and grooves or notches near your gum line.
  • Periodontal exam: gentle probing to check pocket depth between teeth and gums, evaluation of existing bone structure, screening for oral cancer
  • Cosmetic exam: how your teeth fit in your face, their size shape, condition and position, smile evaluation, lip and gum dynamics
  • Digital X-rays and external and intraoral photos as needed
  • Discuss your goals for your dental health
  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Comprehensive treatment plan

To make an appointment, call 912-297-6659 or click here to request an appointment online.

Typical symptoms of TMJ disorder

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

Tension in the jaw can lead to painful headaches.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Neck aches
  • Earaches
  • Upper shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain or tenderness around the jaw joint area
  • Difficulty opening the mouth very wide
  • Jaws that get “locked”
  • Clicking, grating or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing

Specialized diagnosis

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

High-tech SICAT software captures the movement of your jaw when opening, closing and chewing.

Your doctor will take panoramic X-rays that capture a 360° view of your mouth in a single image. With SICAT software, these images are animated to show the precise movement of your jaw when opening or chewing. This helps him diagnose the alignment of your bite and the position of your teeth within your jaw.

He will examine the temporomandibular joints for pain or tenderness, listen for clicking, popping, or grating sounds during jaw movement and look for limited motion or locking of the jaw while opening or closing the mouth. He will also examine your bite (how your teeth meet) and facial muscle function.

Kois Deprogrammer

TMJ Pain & Headache Treatment in St. Marys

The Kois deprogrammer is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that helps our doctors diagnosis the proper position and stability of your bite.

Our doctors use a high-tech diagnostic tool, the Kois Deprogrammer, to help determine the cause of your discomfort. The dental appliance makes contact with your four lower incisors when you close your mouth, thereby reducing resistance when the lower jaw moves back and forth, as with grinding of the teeth. By reducing the intensity of contractions in the jaw muscle, teeth become aligned into the proper position.

This small plastic dental appliance is worn at night for a period of two weeks and allows your doctor to diagnose the proper position and stability of your bite. If your discomfort is being caused by jaw muscles problems rather than problems with your jaw joint, you will feel relief by using this device. At this point, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Every case is unique and we always provide treatment plans that fit your individual needs.

Headaches and TMD disorder

Tension in the jaw muscles caused by a misaligned bite can cause headaches, and in some cases, migraines. Treating the bite alignment problem usually leads to relief from headaches as well as facial aches and pains.

To make an appointment, call 912-297-6659 or click here to request an appointment online.