Yes, you read that right. Are you tired of dealing with jaw pain that makes you miserable daily? Do you have recurring headaches that won’t respond to other types of treatments? It’s time you learned more about what your Wilmington holistic dentists — Dr. Grace Liu and Dr. Lewis Yu — can do for you and your TMJ at All About Smiles.
There’s More to TMJ Than Just Jaw Pain
Jaw pain is the most common symptom associated with TMJ pain or TMD, also known as temporomandibular disorder. However, it is not the only one. Due to the joint’s close proximity to the brain and pathological mechanism, it induces a wide range of symptoms throughout the entire body. When these symptoms surface at locations other than the jaw joints, they mimic other medical conditions that may share some common pathways. Because of this sharing of common pathways, the actual cause of your pain is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. These symptoms may be reduced to a tolerable state, but they will always return without treating the true cause of the problem.
A Better Understanding of Your Symptoms
Your Wilmington holistic dentist can show you how as you open and close your mouth, the TMJ normally just glides over your temporal bone with the help of some major muscles. Sometimes, these muscles spasm and compress nearby bones, etc. This can lead to several issues, including:
Each of these symptoms listed here might not seem to have anything to do with your TMJ or TMD. Sometimes when we present these things to our medical doctors, based on their training, they see these symptoms differently.
The result is only partial improvement at best since the true cause of the problem has not yet been addressed. As time goes by, the side effects produced by chronic use of medication may further mask the true origin of the problem or create other health issues. Although non-life threatening, quality of life would suffer from this chronic condition.
If you want to learn more about how our holistic dental office in Wilmington has helped other TMD patients check out the All About Smiles case study. You’ll find it goes into more detail than what you’ve read here, including one patient’s life-changing story.
If you or someone in your family is struggling like this, please call us today at 302-600-1165. We’re here to help and answer any questions you may have. We’ll get you scheduled for a hassle-free consultation so that you can take care of yourself and your smile.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!