The phrase “dental pain” is enough to make most people shudder. Nerve pains, accidents or nagging dental problems can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. Getting to the bottom of what’s causing your discomfort takes keen observation and careful testing to arrive at the proper diagnosis. Your Pinecrest dentist has advanced training in a variety of modalities to effectively treat your dental emergencies and relieve your dental pain.
Before recommendations are made, it’s important to consider the myriad possibilities contributing to your discomfort:
- Is there decay on the tooth?
- Is there root exposure due to gum recession?
- Is there a fracture line somewhere along the tooth?
- Is the bite too strong on a portion of the tooth?
- Is the pain referred from another area of the mouth?
- Is this muscle or joint pain?
- When does it occur and how long does it last?
These are just some of the questions and considerations to evaluate the precise source of your problem. At Greenstein Dental, our goal is to properly assess the situation and determine how we can alleviate your pain as quickly as possible. There are many immediate solutions for the acute pain that reduce the severity and afford patients time to figure out their best long-term option.
Amazingly, there are multiple head and neck pains that patients experience with little to no awareness that a dentist can be your best choice for treatment. Some people have spent countless hours in a doctor’s office or take pain relievers every day simply to function. I can’t tell you how many times our clients present after an ENT or neurologist has ruled out causes within their own area of expertise leaving clients with nothing more than prescription medication or a recommended trip to the psychologist.
Little do they know how many seemingly unrelated symptoms can be traced to a malpositioned TMJ, tight muscles, improper jaw size or bad bite triggering a host of challenges to your nervous system. Dr. Greenstein is an expert in treating patients with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems. Most of our TMD (temporomandibular disorder) patients have nagging neck issues, headaches, tinnitus, jaw pain – even sensitive teeth.
At Greenstein Dental, we can assess your TMJ and provide treatments that will significantly reduce those pains and, hopefully, knock them out for good!
Dr. Greenstein uses gneuromuscular dentistry techniques to determine the most appropriate position for your teeth, muscles and joints. He uses a fixed or removable orthotic appliance to help guide the jaw into a natural, relaxed position. Dr. Greenstein handcrafts each his own orthotic devices after using the J5 Myomonitor TENS unit and K7 instrumentation to study a patient’s jaw function and find the optimal position for more relaxed muscles and an appropriate bite – no matter where you grind or chew.
The orthotic device can eliminate several TMJ-related issues:
- TMJ pain
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
- Stuffiness in the ears or difficulty with loud noise
- Migraine or tension headaches
- Muscle soreness or stiffness in face, neck or shoulders
- Pain in the temples or base of the skull
- Pain or pressure behind your eyes
- Numbness of fingers
When indicated, Dr. Greenstein recommends this conservative and highly effective orthotic therapy in lieu of injections or surgeries to the joint area. Breaking certain engrams and working together with clients to fine tune this clear, comfortable mandibular appliance can bring incredible relief from long-standing pain. When the bite and jaw are working together, the stress on your TMJ is relieved.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment may be an option as it can remove an abscess from a tooth. For some, this option will work while for others, alternative therapies are indicated.
Sometimes, a fracture that has yet to completely travel the length of the tooth can be caught in the nick of time. Patients will commonly report an inability to chew or even bite down without pain. Biomimetic principles for tooth restoration allow Dr. Greenstein to repair the offending tooth and restore both the original anatomy and strength and, therefore, saving your tooth!
Equally important is your dentist’s ability to carefully adjust small portions of the tooth in all manner of jaw movements and patient positions to reduce your troubling symptoms. Don’t underestimate the power of a proper bite adjustment to eliminate pain!
Most importantly, if you’re experiencing prolonged tooth or jaw pain – anything that you feel may remotely be related to a dental issue – give yourself the immediate attention you deserve. Greenstein Dental can provide emergency treatments that can save your teeth and relieve you from dental pains.
If you have nagging dental pains or constant headaches or neck pains, call us today at 305-290-2293 or use our online form to schedule your first appointment!