Do you suffer from pain in your jaw or have difficulty opening your mouth? You may suffer from a TMJ disorder that will require treatment to alleviate the pain and stop the damage being done. There are many reasons a person may have issues with their TM joints and often there are several issues contributing to it. This includes everyday stress and anxiety, chronic pain in the body, certain medications, certain diseases, and sleep disorders. Or, you may have damaged jaw joints as a result of injury or disease. Crooked teeth can also cause stress on the jaw and result in TMJ.
Dr. William Harper offers treatment for TMJ symptoms and pain. His office, Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions, is located in Poquoson, VA but he welcomes patients from the surrounding areas including Williamsburg, VA.
The signs and symptoms of TMJ issues are unique to each person making it difficult for an untrained doctor to diagnose. Some TMJ pain or symptoms will feel better, or the pain will go away, over time. That does not mean that the problem has gone away. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Harper.
- Popping or clicking when the jaw moves
- Locked jaw or difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain when chewing, eating or opening widen in the jaw area
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Soreness or pain in the neck area
- Soreness, tiredness or general pain in the face or jaw
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
Dr. Harper is highly trained and experienced with treating patients who have TMJ disorders. He has spent a lot of time researching the treatments and possible connections to oral appliances and sleep disorders. At your first appointment, the staff at Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions will ask you many questions as well as take note of your symptoms. They will also perform a clinical evaluation of your mouth, jaw joints, and jaw muscles. Dr. Harper will note if you feel pain around the TMJ joint located on both sides of your face. This appointment will last about thirty minutes. Dr. Harper is looking for the root cause of your TMJ symptoms and pain so that he can determine the type of treatment you may need.
Issues with your TMJ are rarely ever cured but Dr. Harper offers treatment to help alleviate the pain and lower the risk of long term issues. Seeking treatment is vital to halt the damage being done to your jaw, teeth, gums and overall health. Dr. Harper’s goal is not to find a cure, but to find the treatment that is right for your unique needs. For many patients, medication may provide some relief but the pain and symptoms will return.
After your conversation with Dr. Harper and your evaluation, you will be presented with a recommended treatment plan. Since no two patients are the same, there is no one size fits all TMJ treatment. Your treatment may include, but is not limited to, bite correction therapy and a custom mouth guard or dental splint. Even though some TMJ symptoms may seem to go away over time, that is does not the problem has disappeared.