TMJ/TMD Therapy – Jacksonville, FL
Stop Your Headaches & Jaw Pain
If you move your jaw side to side, you’ll feel two little hinges right next to your ears. It’s your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. This is what allows you to move your mouth to eat, speak, yawn, laugh, or sing. Like other joints in the body, it can sometimes develop problems due to excess stress and strain, which can lead to unpleasant symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and even neck and ear pain. If any of this sounds familiar, Dr. Schumacher can help determine what is causing your problem and then provide treatment to tackle it at the source, leading to lasting relief.
Why Choose James L. Schumacher
for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- Diagnosed Using the Latest Technology
- May Help Reduce Chronic Headaches
- 100% Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Each Patient
Diagnosis & Treatment
TMJ problems can develop due to a number of reasons, but the most common tend to be a misaligned bite, bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), or an injury to the jaw. Figuring out what is causing your TMJ to not work properly is the first step to choosing the right treatment. Dr. Schumacher will analyze your teeth, your bite, and how they relate to your jaw’s resting position. With this information, he can then work on restoring their proper alignment, which should make any pain and stiffness go away.
Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments
If the teeth don’t come together properly, the muscles of the jaw will naturally try to force them into the correct position. This places a lot of strain on the muscles of the TMJ, which quickly tires them out and causes them to become sore. The tension can then radiate from the jaw and into the head and neck. To solve this, Dr. Schumacher can adjust a few teeth by slightly reshaping them so the bite comes together comfortably, allowing the jaw and nearby muscles to relax.
For patients dealing with bruxism, Dr. Schumacher can give them a small oral appliance that only needs to be worn to bed. An occlusal splint works by preventing the teeth from grinding and places the jaw into a more relaxed position. Over time, the jaw will adapt to this new orientation, allowing a patient to wake up pain-free and go throughout there day without any TMJ-related symptoms.