Do you have frequent headaches and problems that don’t quit. If you’re taking over the counter medications for headaches and you find that you fall asleep with a headache and wake up with one, your problem may be more than you know. If they are accompanied by problems in the neck, the shoulders or the jaw, it could be TMD. TMD is also known as temporomandibular joint disorder.

Is TMD the Same as TMJ?

It’s possible that you’ve heard this condition called TMJ. TMJ is nothing more than the temporomandibular joint. It is not descriptive of the pain associated with TMD. TMD is the condition and the pain that is part and parcel of it.  In many situations the pain is related to the muscles themselves not the actual joint.

Dr. Parra and Dr. Craighead head up a well-trained and caring team who are experienced in TMJ treatment in Gainesville that may eradicate your TMD issues. This is done with clinical techniques learned in the field of Prosthodontics. The TMJ treatment to be found from your Gainesville Dentist and Specialist could give you freedom from headaches and pain — once and for all!

Our well trained and committed staff have helped numerous Gainesville, Florida patients to eliminate the many side effective that can come with TMD. The treatments received from the dentist Gainesville can help to preclude the pain of headaches caused by the misalignment of jaw and muscle. If tooth position and muscle position are at odds and creating this pain, Drs Craighead and Parra can help with TMJ treatment

TMJ / TMD Treatment

With perfect alignment comes harmony of jaw joints (TMJ) and jaw muscles, resulting in a balanced bite. That means a bite that doesn’t place any stress on the body and cause any real pain to the person who is accustomed to constant pain and headaches. When the proper coordination of teeth, facial muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are disrupted, the consequences are many and require TMJ treatment.

The consequences may include:
• Headaches
• Back or neck pain
• Dizziness
• Postural problems
• Jaw soreness
• Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

Thankfully, non-surgical dentistry has opened the way to relief from symptoms like these, and Drs. Parra and Craighead can offer some measure of relief to the patients they treat for TMD treatment in Gainesville.

The TMD treatments that may be undertaken can help you to alleviate the pain of TMD once and for all. Among the treatments your dentist Gainesville can offer include nightguards that can protect your alignment and can prevent you from grinding your teeth. It may also help to prevent the pain of your TMD.

In addition, BOTOX® is sometimes used as an adjunct treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When Botox is injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. This may help to alleviate the pain that you’re feeling.

If you’ve been suffering with long term headaches and pain due to TMD or a TMJ disorder, call your dentist in Gainesville to see how we may be able to help you to get rid of the pain once and for all.

Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.


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