Drs. Hiebert and Smith of the Saint Helens, OR area is here to help patients in the community with achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness. But dental care goes beyond cavities and periodontal disease. Some patients have dental concerns that can impact them in other ways, including those who are struggling with chronic headaches from TMD.
What is TMD?
TMD is an acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition can become incredibly painful and debilitating for those who have moderate to severe cases. The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint. It is the joint that hinges the upper and lower part of the mouth allows patients to speak, eat, and yawn. However, it can become dysfunctional and result in several troublesome symptoms, including:
- Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
- Clicking and popping of the jaw
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Pain from the head down through the neck and shoulders
- Discomfort around the jaw joint with or without the muscles
When patients have been diagnosed with TMD, they may be unsure as to the ways in which they can alleviate the symptoms and improve their quality of life. Drs. Hiebert and Smith of Hiebert Smith Dental Group may make a recommendation of oral appliance therapy. This is a treatment that uses a specialized mouthguard for the smile that can help in reducing tension and pain caused by the condition. It can provide a better solution than pain medication alone, which can just mask the symptoms and not really address the problem at the source. Our team can also suggest neuromuscular exercises and other treatments that can address TMD issues effectively and affordably.
Schedule a visit with Hiebert Smith Dental Group today
Have you been struggling with pain around the jaw area? Do you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines and think they might be related to the issues with your jaw? You may be dealing with TMD and can seek treatment with our team. Call Drs. Hiebert and Smith of Saint Helens, OR at (503) 397-6144 and take the time to educate yourself on the advantages of treatment for this and other dental health conditions.