TMJ Treatment San Jose
When you think of headaches, neck pain, or facial pain, your first thought likely isn’t about your teeth. But you’d be missing out on a powerful medical secret: many head, neck, and facial pains can trace back to the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which connect the jawbone to the skull on both sides.
When one or both of your TMJs are having issues or aren’t correctly aligned, it can cause a range of symptoms—and lower your quality of life.
What Is TMD?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are issues with the jaw joint and muscles that cause pain in the area—and throughout the body. Also referred to as craniomandibular dysfunction or craniofacial pain, TMDs can wreak havoc on your health, causing:
- Back pain
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Facial or throat pain
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Tired jaw
- Earaches, congestion, or ringing ears
Because of the vast array of symptoms, these disorders are difficult to diagnose, and can often be confused with temporal tendonitis, Ernest syndrome, occipital neuralgia, and more (which we also treat). That’s why it’s important to get a comprehensive diagnosis from TMJ specialists like us.
Dr. Woodlief has extensive experience and training in treating TMJ dysfunction and headaches. His gentle and comprehensive approach to addressing jaw-related problems helps patients enjoy a healthier and happier life.
Traced to sources as varied as genetics and arthritis, we ultimately think of TMDs as injuries. They’re common injuries—but they still create persistent pain, disrupt your sleep, and wreak havoc on your health and your life. You may be limited in the foods you can eat and experience fatigue due to constant pain.
We can help.
How Do We Treat TMD?
To make your solution sustainable, we identify and treat the root of the problem—not just the symptoms. So the first step is a precise and comprehensive diagnosis.
When you come to us, we’ll perform a wide-ranging evaluation and full medical history workup. We also evaluate CT scans and MRI’s when necessary. Using the scans, we can measure and trace the joint and discover details about the alignment.
We customize treatment to your specific needs and preferences. The goal is non-invasive, therapeutic rehabilitation—not intense, disruptive surgeries. So we choose from among dozens of specialized devices to guide the joints gently into place—then we complement the appliance with physical medicine (if needed) and other medical treatments for maximum improvement of your condition.
Contact Dr. Victor Woodlief, DMD for Solutions
You don't have to tolerate a diminished quality of life due to TMD symptoms. If you’ve been experiencing unrelenting discomfort or pain and want to explore a better solution, reach out to us for a consult in our San Jose dental office today.