Your face includes several nerve endings, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. As a Indianapolis TMJ dentist, I want you to understand that many conditions may cause your spasms or pain.
In fact, many dentists and medical professionals misdiagnose TMJ disorder as trigeminal neuralgia. Here is how to tell the difference so you can seek proper treatment and ask the right questions.
Pain in your face is no joke. It hinders important activities like eating, brushing your teeth, talking, and even kissing.
Finding treatment that works for you will reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
This condition sends jolts of pain throughout your face. Daily activities usually trigger an episode. This can make brushing your teeth, eating, or talking very painful. Even a soft summer breeze can send shock waves through your facial nerves.
Your trigeminal nerves control jaw motion on either side of your face. They also send information back and forth from your brain to your jaw and face.
You experience excruciating pain when something disrupts this process. Several factors can deteriorate or impact these nerves' ability to function.
As a TMJ specialist, I want to you understand trigeminal neuralgia's unique set of symptoms. You can then seek treatment from a professional armed with knowledge about your condition. Many dentists may not have the experience to understand the subtle differences between these painful conditions.
Now that you understand the unique symptoms of TN, you can contrast them with TMJ disorder's symptoms. This will help you identify which condition you may have.
It's even possible you face both conditions. That's why you should meet with a qualified Physiologic TMJ dentist to discuss your symptoms and find a comprehensive treatment.
Look for these hallmark symptoms.
The facial pain from TMJ disorder may feel similar to arthritis. Trigeminal neuralgia feels sharp and electrifying.
This name applies to many conditions that impact the temporomandibular joints. These important joints connect your jaw to your skull. TMJ Disorder or TMD for short, can throw off your jaw's alignment. This causes several symptoms throughout your face and body.
I see it again and again: patients don't realize that TMJ can cause pain in other areas of the body. In fact, TMJ often causes aches and pain in your neck, back, and shoulders.
Our comprehensive TMJ treatment plan includes a few steps. This plan targets the painful symptoms while healing the root cause.
At Deldar Dental, we treat our patients like family. Our ultimate goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. My staff and I take a holistic approach to dentistry to treat the whole body from inside out.
As a TMJ specialist, I know symptoms can manifest throughout different areas of the body. I will listen to your concerns about facial pain and get to the root of the problem. We can develop a personalized and comprehensive treatment together.
Request an appointment or give my office a call today at (317) 208-0000.
Dr. Mike Deldar, DDS - TMJ Specialist Noblesville
Deldar Dental provides family dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment options, restorative dentistry, neuromuscular (TMJ) dentistry, dental implants, snoring & sleep apnea solutions, oral health prevention, dental hygiene, periodontal gum care, sedation treatments, and orthodontics to the communities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Lapel, Hamilton County, and surrounding areas.