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 Resolve Jaw Pains, Headaches Today In Salem, Oregon

TMJ/Teeth Grinding

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Waking up with a sore jaw or pounding headache is far from normal, and it can be hard to find the right doctor to relieve your pain. Taking pain relievers will not cure the problem, and there’s no hope of these issues going away on their own. Call us at to know more about TMJ treatment and Teeth Grinding Treatment Salem, OR area today.

So, what are your options?

What most people do not know is that a qualified dentist can treat your headaches, migraines, and constant jaw pains with noninvasive treatments. Jaw soreness or headaches commonly stem from an issue with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We call this temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The TMJ is the hinge responsible for opening and closing the mouth, which means it’s at work every single time you speak, chew, laugh, or drink.

Patients with TMJ issues often experience tenderness in the jaw, neck, or head; locking, popping, or clicking of the jaw; restricted jaw movement; dizziness; changes in their bite; and even ringing or soreness in their ears.

What Causes TMJ Pain?
Between 5 to 15 percent of the population have TMJ issues. In some cases, we can’t pinpoint a cause of TMD, but we do know about several contributing factors. TMJ issues can be caused by:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth. When we grind or clench our teeth, we put an enormous amount of stress on the jaw. Most patients do this habit at night and have no recollection of it – they just wake up with pain or discomfort.
  • Arthritis. Just like other bones in your body, your jawbone’s cartilage can erode with time, causing extreme pain or discomfort.
  • Trauma or injury. A blow to the jaw, head, or neck is enough to inflame or disrupt the TMJ
  • Bad bites. When the teeth are not properly aligned, your jawbone can’t function in the most appropriate position, putting strain on the joints and muscles.

Effective TMJ Treatments

At Oregon Smile Care Center, we have studied every known cause of TMD and work to create comfortable and affordable solutions. We commonly use night guards, splints, and day guards for patients who have a habit or teeth grinding or clenching their teeth. Our migraine and headache solutions include joint relocation, massage therapy, and even full-mouth reconstructions. With massage therapy and exercise practices, we can help relieve your constant headaches, but we often need to coordinate more advanced procedures.

Our custom night guards restrict the teeth from grinding together. The TMJ splint works a little differently in that it restricts your molars from touching, thus relieving pressure from your jaw.

We also use a daytime TMJ appliance that you’ll remove only for eating and cleaning. These appliances place the jaw in a more appropriate position to eliminate the strain on its muscles and tendons. In some cases, the daytime TMJ oral appliance can be the first phase of treatment before we suggest orthodontics. If the bite or jaw placement is the root of your TMJ problems or headaches and migraines, we’ll work with a qualified orthodontist to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. This process is much more involved and expensive, but you acheive two great outcomes: a beautiful, straight smile and no more pain! Think about what you’ll gain before discarding a treatment because of the cost.

TMJ problems are hard to ignore and can profoundly disrupt your everyday life! Don’t suffer from headaches or jaw pain any longer. Call our office today at 503-837-2718 for relief, or use the online form to schedule a TMJ treatment and Teeth Grinding treatment Salem, OR area appointment.

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Video: TMJ Treatment at Oregon Smile Care Center - Dr. Sean Hanson, DMD Salem, OR Dentist

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