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Head, Neck and TMJ Pain Broadmeadow

woman with headacheHeadaches, shoulder pain and neck pain are all too common. What you may not know is that a dentist can be the practitioner that provides the solutions you’ve been seeking. The team at The Smile Factory can help you find relief from your discomfort. You won’t have to be as reliant on taking pain medications or visiting various specialists without getting the results you’ve been hoping for.

Problems in the Temporomandibular Joint

Your temporomandibular joint is also referred to as your jaw joint. It’s often shortened to TMJ, or you may hear the term “temporomandibular dysfunction” or TMD. The symptoms of inflammation in this joint can be acute or chronic. Your jaw might click, be painful when chewing or can’t open all the way. The symptoms commonly experienced by sufferers of TMD include

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Continual tiredness
  • Irritable stomach
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor sleep
  • Sensitive immune system
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Ear pain or numbness
  • Pain located behind the eyes or in the neck and shoulders

A Complex Structure

The TMJ is an incredibly strong ball and socket joint. You can locate yours just in the front of each ear. Your teeth and muscles must be properly aligned for your TMJ to work as it should. If your bite doesn’t line up, your facial muscles don’t get the support they need. As a result, this incorrect positioning can cause you pain in the head, neck, shoulders, arms, back and face.

Addressing TMJ Issues

If you think you have jaw joint issues, you should get immediate attention. Your entire body can be set up for structural issues and poor posture if left untreated. By addressing the source of your issue, you can experience a relief of your pain. To determine what’s best for you, we’ll measure your jaw position compared to the ideal. We’ll then discuss measures that will realign your proper bite.

The treatment usually involves using an orthotic during the day and another at night. You may also have exercises, physical therapy or look at nutrition and the appropriate medication. You may also have a nose or sinus issue that is blocking your airway and causing TMD. If so, we work with other practitioners to make sure that you receive the treatment you need. These include physiotherapists, ear nose and throat specialists and physiotherapists.

Fillers for Headaches and Migraines

Injectable fillers don’t just address cosmetic concerns. If you suffer from headaches and migraines, the team at The Smile Factory can alleviate them using our injectable fillers. More complex cases will be referred within our network of specialists.

A Comfortable Experience

We want to make sure that you can enjoy your dental appointments. In our spacious facility, you can relax by the fireplace. During your procedure for head, neck and TMJ pain Broadmeadow, you can listen to music or watch Netflix on the television in the ceiling. Contact our friendly, caring team today to schedule your first consultation with us! We offer same-day bookings and convenient Saturday appointments.
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Head, Neck and TMJ Pain Broadmeadow, Newcastle NSW | (02) 4037 0903