Facial Pain (TMD)

Facial Pain (TMD)

More than 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, such as jaw pain, headaches or earaches, related to one or both of the temporomandibular (TM) joints. Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) refers to a variety of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing or side-motion movements. People with TMD may experience:

  • pain in or around the ear
  • headaches and neck aches
  • tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
  • jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon
  • jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning
  • difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found

Glen Oaks Dental uses splint therapy to manage TMD.  The goals of splint therapy are:

  • to help stabilize the joints
  • to redistribute force on the teeth, muscles and joints
  • to protect teeth from the effects of night time bruxism (habitual grinding of the teeth)
  • to relax the muscles that control jaw movement

Glen Oaks Dental uses custom splints made of hard acrylic to treat facial pain. The splints will hold the jaw in a comfortable position and keep the joints and muscles healthy.

Learn more about the causes and treatments available for facial pain and TMD disorders at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website, then contact Glen Oaks Dental to schedule an appointment. Dr. Craven or Dr. Bejarano can suggest the most appropriate therapy for your situation.