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Head, Neck And TMJ Pain at Bald Hills Dental

Diagram explaining different pain sourcesDo you suffer from head or neck pain? Is it starting to get in the way of your daily activities? – Dr Robert Lin (Dentist) at Bald Hills Dental might have the solution to get you back on track and feeling yourself again.

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the jaw joint located just beside your ears. We use it when we bite, chew foods, speak and when we create facial expressions.

Our sleep, breathing and TMJ expert, Dr Robert Lin, is highly experienced in dental sleep medicine and treating head, neck and TMJ pain. Dr Robert believes in the connection between the jaw, airway and sleep problems, which may be the underlying root cause of TMJ, head or neck pain.

What else causes head, neck and TMJ pain?

In most cases (approximately 90%), muscle tension is the cause of headaches and neck pain. Teeth clenching or grinding may also contribute to head and neck pain, which is why it is important to get to the root of the problem. Sometimes all it takes is a dental orthotic to alter the position of the lower jaw and bite, which may be enough to alleviate the pain. However the root cause of grinding is often an airway, sleep or a bite problem, which may also need to be addressed to achieve a better outcome. This is why Dr Robert looks at your overall health, to properly identify the cause and offer you the most effective solution.

How we diagnose your head, neck and TMJ pain

Not all TMJ dysfunction results in head and neck pain, and not all head and neck pain come from the TMJ. This is why Dr Robert will conduct a comprehensive examination. This includes, a 3D CBCT scan, postural exam, oral and jaw exam, muscle palpations and neurological exam. In some cases, more testing is required to properly identity and diagnose the problem – such as a sleep study if a sleeping disorder is suspected.

How to treat head, neck and TMJ pain

Depending on the diagnoses, a common treatment option is orthotic therapy, which can be achieved by wearing day and night time splints. This will assist us to achieve your ideal bite. If we suspect nasal obstruction, then we may need to refer you to a specialist for treatment. In addition, a range of therapies may be used to help alleviate the pain, which includes, dry needling, injectable fillers, trigger point injections, laser and more.

Want to Learn More?

Don’t put up with the uncomfortable head and neck pain – contact us to book your consultation with Dr Robert to find the best solution for you.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

TMJ Pain Bald Hills, Strathpine, Bridgeman Downs QLD | (07) 3261 5551