TMJ Pain Specialist

Northwest Headache Center

Dr. Donald Johnson

Headache Specialist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Clicking or pain in your jaw are common signs of a problem with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Dr. Donald Johnson, and the team at Northwest Headache Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, get to the root of your TMJ pain to give you relief — without surgery, needles, or drugs. Put pain behind you today by calling or booking a consultation online.

TMJ Pain

What is the temporomandibular joint?

You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that connect the temporal bones of your skull and your lower jawbone. The joints are on either side of your face in front of your ears. 

Your TMJ is one of the most complicated joints in your body and is often prone to TMJ disorders, headaches, and pain. 

What are TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders are typically caused by problems with your joints, jaw muscles, or connective tissues. These conditions can lead to:

  • TMJ pain
  • Headaches
  • Clicking sounds or muscle tenderness when chewing

Although TMJ disorders can affect anyone, they’re most common in women in their early 20s and between ages 40-50. 

What causes TMJ pain?

Muscle pain and tightness around your jaw are typical with TMJ disorders. The pain is brought on by multiple issues, including:

  • Muscle overuse due to misaligned or missing teeth
  • Injury to your head or neck
  • Emotional stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Toothache

Psychological or sleep-related stress that causes you to grind or clench your teeth can also lead to TMJ pain. 

How is TMJ pain diagnosed?

Dr. Johnson begins by taking a comprehensive medical history. He examines you, paying particular attention to your jaw and bite to assess the neuromuscular problems related to your TMJ disorder.

Dr. Johnson uses advanced computer technology to assess your range of motion, bite, and trigger points. He typically performs the following assessments:

  • Muscle palpation: to identify trigger points causing pain
  • T-Scan™: to measure the force of your bite and imbalances in your teeth 
  • Range of motion: to assess the movement of your head and neck muscles and vertical and horizontal jaw movement

Once your diagnosis is complete, Dr. Johnson suggests a treatment plan that emphasizes natural healing over surgery or drugs.

How is TMJ pain treated?

Dr. Johnson recommends an appropriate treatment to alleviate the neuromuscular or dental issues causing TMJ pain. Northwest Headache Center emphasizes a drug-free, nonsurgical approach to rebalance your muscles, joints, and teeth, and give you relief.

TMJ pain is common, and if you’re among the many people who suffer with it, you can rely on Northwest Headache Center for drug-free, needle-free, and pain-free therapies to enhance your recovery. Call today or book a consultation online.


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