Do you have Craniofacial Pain/TMJ? Take the Test
If any of the following symptoms affect your daily life or you are taking regular pain medication or sleeping aids, you may be suffering from TMD and should be evaluated by a dentist trained in diagnosing and treating these disorders.
Many millions of Americans and likely hundreds of thousands of Kansans suffer needlessly from chronic facial pain and unexplained headaches. In many cases, this is due to Temporomandibular Disorder or TMJ/TMD.
It is our mission to utilize all of our talents and research-based knowledge, as well as to reach outside the box as necessary to provide you with solutions to your TMD and sleep problems.
Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw to your skull. These joints get constant use every day as you speak, chew, swallow, and breathe. Pain in and around these joints can demand much of your attention and distract you from enjoying life. This pain or dysfunction can alter what you eat and how you chew, result in poor sleep, cause moodiness, and affect your relationships.
Common Signs and Symptoms
- Jaw and facial pain
- Unexplained headache pain
- Teeth grinding
- Joint noises, clicking, popping, crackling
- Limited or difficult mouth opening or locked jaws
- A change in the alignment of your teeth
- Pain, ringing, stuffiness, or wooshing in your ears
TMD and craniofacial pain can also masquerade as many other problems in the head, neck, and shoulder areas. For this reason, people often go doctor to doctor searching for a solution for their pain—they aren’t sure whom they should see. Our practice bridges that gap between medicine and dentistry. Although there are many reasons for headaches, TMJ dysfunction is one that is often missed. This may be the reason for the headaches, which you have had for years; as well as your migraines, facial pain, jaw pain, snoring, or sleep apnea.
Whether you find yourself suffering from facial pain or headaches, we can help you find answers and successful results with non-surgical treatment. We know what kind of evaluation to provide for you, which will lead to a diagnosis and then what treatment options are Yes for you.
We utilize leading edge technology and research-based protocols, combined with extensive education, decades of experience, and a dedicated team to provide standard setting care for you.
The result is that we have helped literally thousands of people over the years so that they no longer have TMJ symptoms and pain.
In order to provide effective treatment, a proper diagnosis is required. This will reveal, not only the source of your problem, but the best path to remedy it. Knowing why your TMJ symptoms occur in the first place is the first step in your life free of pain.
During your TMJ diagnostic exam, Dr. Baba and Dr. McLaren will review your medical history in detail and perform a comprehensive head and neck exam utilizing our state-of-the-art digital technology. After he has gathered all the necessary information, Dr. Baba and Dr. McLaren will create for you a treatment plan customized specifically to address your needs.