Are you experiencing headaches, migraines, or chronic pain in your face and jaw? Sick of taking painkillers to manage your daily routine? Have you considered that the pain may be dental-related?
The area of your mouth where your skull meets your jaw is known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This part of your jaw has many different nerve endings, and stress on this joint is painful. There are several causes – trauma, poor past dental work, deterioration – for why the joint can become damaged, but TMJ disorder can affect the way your jaw functions and affect your bite. At Park Street Dental Clinic, we use diagnostic technology and physiologic dentistry to detect and treat TMJ disorder.
What is Physiologic Dentistry?
Dr. Archibald has taken an extensive amount of continuing education in physiologic dentistry and its effect on TMJ. We use technology to aid in diagnosing occlusal and jaw issues that contribute to the deterioration of the jaw joint. Physiologic dentistry uses non-invasive techniques to alleviate:
- Neck, shoulder, and facial pain
- Clicking and popping sounds when opening and closing the jaw
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
TMJ pain can decrease a patient’s quality of life, especially if it goes undiagnosed or dismissed. Dr. Archibald will perform a full evaluation using physiologic dentistry to improve the function of the jaw and associated joints. We’ll use our digital panoramic imaging technology to get a full view of your jaw and see how the upper and lower jaw fit together. Then, Dr. Archibald will work with you to develop an appropriate course of treatment that’s suitable for your lifestyle.