Millions of Americans suffer consistent and repeated headaches or facial pain, but relief may be possible. If you are someone who experiences this pain, Dr. Karen may be able to help.

Your pain may originate from a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction (TMD). TMD can cause pain in your mouth, jaw, head, neck and even your shoulders. Please read on to learn more about TMD and how Dr. Karen can possibly help you become pain free.


What is a TMJ?
TMJ pain is characterized by a pain emanating from the joints on each side of your head and in front of your ears. This joint, named the Temporomandibular Joint, is what joins your lower jawbone to your skull. Unlike your upper jaw, the lower jaw’s TMJ acts as a hinge allowing your mouth to open and close when you talk, chew or take deep breaths.


What Causes TMJ Pain?
TMJ pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances including abnormal bite, jaw injuries, face or head muscle tightness and fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth. TMJ can also be associated with general systemic diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, depression, anxiety, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).

Do You Have TMJ Pain?
Ask yourself the following questions. Any 'yes' answers may indicate you are suffering unnecessarily from treatable TMJ pain:

  • Do you have pain or tenderness in or around your jaw joint that may radiate to the side, back or front of your ears or neck areas?
  • Are you suffering from an aching facial pain or tension headaches?
  • Do you have an uneven or uncomfortable bite?
  • Do you wake up in the morning with a headache?
  • Are you experiencing difficulty in chewing or discomfort during or after chewing, especially with hard or crunchy foods?
  • Have you experienced a “locking” jaw symptom during which time it is difficult to open or close your mouth?
  • Do you hear a clicking sound or have a grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew?


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with the accompanying jaw pain, then please take the time to call Dr. Karen at 757.842.4308 as soon as possible. There is no reason for you to live your life suffering with a TMJ disorder.

Once you schedule your appointment, you will want to complete the following symptom questionnaire so we can perform an accurate evaluation as soon as possible:

Please describe what type of symptoms are you experiencing:

  • When did your symptoms start?
  • Do any of your daily activities seem to trigger the pain?
  • Does your jaw click, pop or make another noise when you open and close your mouth?
  • Do you have problems sleeping?
  • Do you have emotional stress?


Tired of TMJ pain? Then please take the time

to call Dr. Karen at 757.842.4308

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