Could Anxiety be Fueling your Jaw Pain?

anxiety and jaw painRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

Many people are unaware that anxiety and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder are related. Symptoms of anxiety and stress could lead to jaw joint pain similar to what patients with TMJ disorder experience. The question is, could anxiety be fueling your jaw pain? Dr. Nancy Hartrick, a neuromuscular dentist in Royal Oak, explores the connection between these two common conditions.

The Connection Between TMJ Disorder and Anxiety

The temporomandibular joint is a complex joint consisting of an intricate network of nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. Jaw misalignment is the most common cause of TMJ disorder and the pain that accompanies it. It’s often a frustrating disorder for patients, especially if not treated properly, which can lead to anxiety for the sufferer.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include headaches, jaw joint pain, dental pain, and lockjaw. However, TMJ disorder is known to present a wide range of symptoms that may include tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) and widespread chronic pain. Dealing with ongoing, debilitating pain could escalate anxiety, lead to insomnia, and interfere with your daily life.

Anxiety – Let’s Get Real

Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences. But, for some, it interferes with their daily life. Constantly feeling nervous, restless, and fatigued, or experiencing insomnia are classic symptoms of anxiety. These signs may cause significant bearing on your physical and psychological well-being. But, when it comes to anxiety and TMJ disorder, it’s a two-way street. Anxiety may cause, or be a symptom of TMJ disorder. Likewise, TMJ disorder may cause trouble sleeping, chronic fatigue, headaches, pain, and affect your overall well-being. If you experience symptoms of either condition, Dr. Hartrick recommends seeing a physician.

Get Help for Jaw Pain

Pain is the body’s way of signaling that there is a problem. With medical advancements that we have today, there is no reason why you should continue dealing with chronic pain or accept a misdiagnosis that leaves you hurting. Dr. Hartrick can help. TMJ disorder often is misdiagnosed by medical professionals, except by those that are trained and specialize in neuromuscular science. Dr. Hartrick is a neuromuscular dentist in Royal Oak that received extensive training of how the jaw joints and orofacial musculature should align for creating harmony and balance. If you think that you may have TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with Hartrick Dentistry.

Dr. Hartrick uses sophisticated technology to diagnose TMJ disorder, determining the exact degree of jaw misalignment. This technology allows Dr. Hartrick to provide precise treatment to help end your TMJ pain once and for all. Using a custom fabricated oral appliance, Dr. Hartrick can adjust the appliance to hold your jaw in harmonious balance, relieving your pain. Treatment for TMJ disorder doesn’t have to rely on medication. Hartrick Dentistry provides medication-free treatment for TMJ disorder. Dr. Hartrick provides neuromuscular dentistry to the areas of Birmingham and Royal Oak. Don’t suffer in pain any longer, contact Hartrick Dentistry today by calling (248) 549-0950 and schedule a consultation.

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    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
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