TMJ: A pain in the Neck and Back, Too
Why go to a Nashville dentist for help with back pain? Because that back pain could be due to your jaw’s alignment.
TMJ doesn’t just hurt the jaw. Yes, it causes jaw pain, jaw clicking, and sometimes your jaw even locks for a moment. But the pain of TMJ, also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) can radiate throughout the face and cause headaches and TMJ can also cause pain in the upper back and shoulders, too. Everything can go out of alignment when you’re suffering from a TMJ flare-up.
Nashville dentists at Nashville Smile Team can help. We can assess your symptoms as well as your jaw and help you find solutions. Doctors Coulter and Rushing are well-versed in treating TMJ.
Recommendations are made based on the individual patient and could include:
- Dental work to improve your jaw’s alignment
- Exercises to improve mobility
- A customized night guard or splint to stop clenching from happening
- Medications that take down swelling and eliminate pain
- Additional therapies to relax the muscles, such as Juvederm or Botox (which can also be used therapeutically at the Nashville Smile Team office).
- And more…
The best way forward in determining whether or not you back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as other associated symptoms are related to TMJ / TMD is to book an assessment. We would be happy to meet with you.
Reasons to Choose Nashville Smile Team for Help with TMJ
The Nashville Smile Team has a great reputation for TMJ treatment options as well as for the team’s work in preventative / general dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. Everything from teeth cleanings, screenings, and check-ups to dental implants, Invisalign, and full mouth makeovers are offered. Dr. Rushing and Dr. Coulter listen to their patients’ needs and plan treatment based on your individual circumstances. TMJ pain doesn’t have to rule your life. Call our office at (615) 645-0663 to get professional advice.