Craniofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing muscles, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Problems involving facial pain can include TMJ discomfort, muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw, cluster or frequent headaches, or pain with the teeth, face or jaw. If you have an unstable bite, missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth you can experience pain and discomfort because your muscles are working harder to bring your teeth together than normal, which causes strain. Pain can even be a symptom of grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), trauma to the head and neck, or poor genetics.
Dr. Juarez provides an array of treatments to help alleviate your craniofacial pain, including the use of an oral appliance called an orthotic, or splint, that is worn over the teeth until your bite can be stabilized. While this treatment may be temporary, Dr. Juarez may also recommend permanent correction through reshaping of your teeth, building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance for your mouth. Physical therapy, counseling, relaxation training or massage therapy may also be an option for your oral health improvement.
Additionally, Dr. Juarez is specially trained to maintain and correct your bite to ensure optimal oral health. With a thorough medical and dental history, she can determine if any trauma has occurred in the facial area, as well as perform a physical examination to examine your temporomandibular joint, head and neck.
If you are suffering from headaches or jaw pain, visit Dr. Amanda Juarez at Sweet Dreams Sleep Center today for further diagnosis and treatment of your pain.