Dr. Walter Dukes is board-certified to treat TMJ and orofacial pain through the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Dukes has helped thousands of patients overcome headaches, migraines and jaw pain with conservative, medication free treatments. We invite you to call Mesa Dental today at 805-963-1222 to set up your consultation with our skilled dentist and learn more about our treatments for TMJ disorders and orofacial pain in Santa Barbara, California.
Patients who suffer with orofacial pain experience chronic moderate to severe headache or migraine, jaw muscle and joint pain and popping. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. When this joint is misaligned or has been damaged by trauma, it can cause normal daily activities such as speaking, yawning, chewing, and even smiling to be painful and uncomfortable. There are several causes of TMJ disorders, including stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) arthritis in the joint, and trauma to the head, neck, or jaw.
Common symptoms of a TMJ dysfunction include:
- Grinding, popping, or clicking sounds when the jaw is moved
- An inability to open your mouth wide
- Tenderness in the jaw muscles
- Locked or stuck jaws
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, or ears
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Changes in your bite
There are a variety of treatments that our dentist may recommend for TMJ disorders and orofacial pain. Depending on the severity of your condition your treatment may include relaxation exercises, the use of oral appliances, or jaw surgery.
When you visit Mesa Dental, Dr. Dukes will carefully evaluate your jaw and mouth to determine the extend of your problem and which treatment will be most beneficial to you.
Please call our office today to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist. We also encourage you to visit the website of the American Board of Orofacial Pain for more information.