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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

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Addressing TMJ for pain and headache relief

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMJ disorder (TMD), you know how problematic this condition can be. TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joint.” The TMJ is the jaw joint on each side of the mouth responsible for allowing the mouth to both open and close for eating and speaking. Patients with a dysfunctional TMJ may experience chronic problems that impact their daily lives. Fortunately, proper diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Brian Gradinger of Valencia, California, is a great way to find relief from common issues caused by a dysfunctional TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJ/TMD

The symptoms of TMJ/TMD can be debilitating and interfere with one’s life. Some of the more common signs that may be indicating a problem with this joint include:

  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Clenching/grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
  • Popping/clicking of the jaw joint when eating

How can TMJ/TMD patients find relief?

Whether you need jaw lock treatment or want jaw pain and headache relief, Dr. Brian Gradinger can assist. He can evaluate you with x-rays and a thorough evaluation to determine if this condition is present, ensuring an accurate diagnosis to recommend the appropriate treatment.

Treatment for TMJ/TMD will vary due to many different factors. For some, relief can be achieved with a special bite guard that reduces clenching and grinding during the night, which can cause pain around the jaw joint. Patients who find they have more problems during periods of stress may be able to learn about stress management techniques to reduce symptoms. Muscle relaxants, bite realignment, and oral appliance therapy may also be explored as options for maintaining a healthy smile and relieving discomfort caused by a malfunctioning TMJ. In addition, some patients may try various treatment options to find the one that works best with their condition and level of discomfort.

Call a TMJ doctor in the area to learn more about TMJ headache relief!

If you struggle with constant headaches, migraines, and locking of the jaw joints, it may be time to talk to a professional to get a proper diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options. Our practice is located at 23838 Valencia Boulevard, Suite #301, and is open to new patients who call for appointments at (661) 450-6650.