Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
What is Orofacial Pain

Throbbing, sharp or burning pain in the head, neck, face, mouth, gums, or teeth;         Unexplained pain after root canals, extractions, gum surgery, dental implants, etc.      
Musculoskeletal disorders of the jaw (TMD), neck or shoulders
Common joint conditions including disc instability (jaw clicking/popping or locking)
Jaw Joint Inflammation and osteoarthritis. 
In some cases, it may be related to a global muscle pain syndrome.

What are some common symptoms?

Face and jaw pain and associated head, neck and earache
Pain with chewing hard or crunchy foods and wide opening (yawning)
Restricted or limited jaw opening
Jaw popping, catching, grinding or locking
Tooth clenching/grinding, abnormal tooth wear and/or poor sleep
Waking up with face and jaw ache and tightness and/or sensitive teeth

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Comprehensive head and neck and orofacial examination and diagnosis
Imaging interpretation (Panoramic, Cone Beam CT & MRI) of Jaw, Face & Head
Neurological testing and assessment
Patient Education/Self-care Instruction
Physical Therapy/Home Exercises
Relaxation Strategies
Over the counter and Prescription Medications
Oral Appliances for Sleep Bruxism, Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Referral to other medical, dental, or Psychological Providers

Will my insurance cover these treatments?

This is a complicated question because insurance coverage depends on the specific             plan policies and exclusions.  We cannot determine your benefits until we have a                   specific diagnosis and treatment plan.  In most cases, you can expect "some" benefits          
from either your dental or medical plan, but rarely a 100% coverage.

How long will it take before I am better?

In most cases, relief can be achieved within a short period of time.

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