Millions of Americans endure pain caused by temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a disorder that involves improper positioning of the jaw joints. TMJ, or TMD, can affect your ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow, and breathe. Patients with TMJ may experience mild to severe symptoms, including jaw clicking, migraines, and sharp pain in the temples, ears, neck, and shoulders. Bite misalignment can cause uneven tooth wear, which impacts overall oral health.
When you visit us, Dr. Hauge, Dr. Kuntz, and Dr. Vargas will assess your teeth and jaw position. Then he will design a treatment plan to stop pain and correct the underlying causes. Your doctor may recommend an oral appliance to re-position your bite and restore mouth harmony. Self-care techniques, like alternating hot and cold packs, slow, gentle jaw exercises, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, may alleviate discomfort.
Contact our Centuria office to make an appointment and get the relief you deserve.