Facial Pain + Headaches

TMD, headaches, and facial pain are life-altering conditions that can severely impact your quality of life. Over 10 million people in the US suffer from TMJ-related issues. We are learning that most of these problems result from macro-trauma or micro-trauma. (Macro-trauma being a blunt force injury recently or years ago; Micro-trauma being repetitive strain and overload to the system.) Literature is showing us an overwhelming relationship between this nasal obstruction and functional breathing disorders. Additionally, TMD problems can lead to chronic headaches, neck pain, and migraines if left untreated.

Treating headaches, craniofacial pain, and TMJ problems bridges the gap between medicine and dentistry. Patients we see usually aren’t sure who they should contact to resolve their symptoms. It can be confusing that migraines, headaches, ear pain, ringing in the ear, dizziness, and eye pain can come from different parts of the head and neck, making it challenging to figure out what doctor is the best to see.

TMJ Diagnosis  

95% of effective treatment depends upon a proper diagnosis that uncovers the origin of your problem. This will tell you your primary issue and its origin. Often, just identifying this origin can put patients at ease, knowing that a solution has been identified. 

Our diagnostic workup is unlike any other. We take a great deal of time reviewing your medical history in detail and completing a comprehensive head and neck evaluation utilizing cutting-edge technology. Our approach is holistic, not just treating the symptoms but addressing this origin of the issue. After proper diagnosis, a specific non-surgical treatment plan for rehabilitation is developed for each patient’s unique needs. 

Symptoms Include
  • Headaches (daily, recurrent, nightly) 
  • Migraines
  • Ear pain, fullness, congestion, whooshing
  • Jaw pain, clicking, popping, crunching, locking, noises
  • Dizziness
  • Teeth clenching, grinding, gnashing
  • Face pain, numbness, tingling, shocking
  • Eye pain
  • Neck pain
  • Base of the skull pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Throat pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty opening mouth
  • Nasal and Sinus congestion
  • Muscle twitching
  • Bite feels off or different than before
  • Numbness in hands or arms
  • Burning Mouth
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  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction/Disease
  • Arthritis of TM Joint
  • Capsulitis of TM Joint
  • Jaw Locking or Dislocation of Jaw
  • Bruxism
  • Tension Type Headaches
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Migraines

Dr. Klauer often encourages patients to read this article about bruxism and this article about craniofacial pain and headaches to learn more about their pain.

TMD Treatment 

Are you suffering from chronic facial, jaw, or migraine pain? Relief is available. Once you receive your diagnosis, we will develop a specific individualized treatment solution. Our non-surgical treatment solutions focus on setting up the body for optimal healing and restoring function in the absence of pain. We utilize a wide range of current treatment options depending on your individual diagnosis. These may include: 

  • Non-surgical rehabilitation 
  • Decompression appliance therapy-short term wear of custom orthopedic, oral orthotics, not splints
  • Nutritional counseling 
  • Physical therapy treatment such as cold laser therapy, trigger point therapy, prolotherapy, and regenerative biologic injections (PRF)
  • Multi-discipline referral coordination 
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