Carefully reviewing your TMD condition with a neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Robison is an excellent choice if you are ready to find out what really causes you jaw or face pain. A TMJ diagnosis or face pain diagnosis at the Cranberry Headache & Migraine Relief Center is designed to reveal the root causes for pain and does not simply depend on the symptoms you feel.
There are specific locations in your body to where neuromuscular rehabilitation should be focused and comprehensive diagnosis is the critical first step to revealing those locations. Lasting TMJ pain relief can only be produced when the treatments are applied to the areas of dysfunction, and in a specific way.
Our careful diagnostic approach and our technology separate us from other kinds of healthcare providers — only trained neuromuscular dentists can diagnose TMJ and face pain the way we do.
What Diagnosing TMJ / TMD & Face Pain Involves
At Cranberry Headache & Relief Center we have painless diagnostic procedures that get to the root causes of TMD / TMJ or face pain:
TMD / TMJ pain conditions can arise when a person experiences certain events, like traumatic injuries to the head, face or jaw. Orthodontic work that was poorly executed can also play a big factor in TMJ or face pain.
Carefully reviewing your past health circumstances helps Dr. Robison rule in or out certain events in your past or present. Correlating your precise dental force measurements and other examination results to your reported pain locations is a crucial step in designing highly targeted TMJ treatments or face pain treatments.
At Cranberry Headache & Migraine Relief Center we often see patients with face pain, TMD / TMJ problems and other jaw discomforts who also report having a history of headaches and migraines. This is no surprise! There is a known, frequent link between TMJ problems and various headache types.
Dr. Robison explores this link as it pertains to each patient’s unique scenario. The goal is to create a customized treatment plan for your unique TMJ problems — and when headaches or migraines are involved, eliminate them as well.
Bite Force Analysis is critical to understanding the relationship between the many forces in your TMJs, face, and teeth. All must work well in tandem and when they do not there can be chronic pain, which is your body’s way of saying, ‘something’s wrong’. Balance must be restored, and it can be.
Dental force analysis technology is used at Cranberry Headache & Migraine Relief Center to precisely measure your neuromuscular forces. In conjunction with the results of the other examinations we perform, this powerful diagnostic technology helps us to locate the root causes for TMJ pain, face pain and even other pain conditions.
Suffice it to say that there are neuromuscular force imbalances present whenever a patient experiences TMJ pain or face pain. Range of motion problems within the jaw often occur as a result of these force imbalances.
Limitations to your range of motion (as compared to the average person) can be digitally measured to determine the degree to which there is motion impairment. This helps us to design a more precisely targeted face pain treatment or TMJ treatment protocol to eliminate the specific root causes of your pain.
Soreness and stiffness in the muscles of the jaw and face are some of the more common symptoms related to TMJ problems and orofacial pain conditions. There are usually related ‘trigger points’ that must be located and treated.
Trigger points are essentially knots in the muscles of your head, neck, face, and shoulders (muscle tension and pain in the neck is particularly common) that can form over extended periods of jaw disability. Dr. Robison will perform a muscle palpitation exam to locate your trigger points so they can receive special care.
Because every TMJ pain and face pain patient we see is unique, there are naturally going to be differences in the prescribed treatment plans from patient to patient. The diagnostic and exam protocols listed above allow us to know what muscle systems are involved, where the trigger points are, and the degree to which there is muscular dysfunction and imbalance. All are key factors in creating a TMJ or face pain treatment plan that best suits you.
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