TMJ and the Trigeminal Nerve
The trigeminal nerve is the largest of the cranial nerves and responsible for nearly all of the sensation in your face. The three main branches of this nerve are:
- Ophthalmic – sensory information for the face and scalp
- Maxillary – sensory information for the sinuses, palate, nasal cavity, and midface
- Mandibular – sensory information for the jaw, teeth, chin, lower lips, and cheeks. Motor control of masticatory muscles
When the jaw is misaligned due to TMJ, pressure is placed on the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve. Pressure on this branch can impact your ability to bite and chew, cause complete lockjaw, and result in significant pain in and around the jaw. What’s more, pain signals can travel from the mandibular branch into the maxillary and ophthalmic branches, resulting in chronic headaches, sinus and ocular pressure, pain in the ears, and a host of other painful and limiting conditions. To relieve this discomfort for good, pressure must be taken off of the trigeminal nerve through jaw realignment.
The Cincinnati dentists at Hardin Advanced Dentistry utilize progressive and innovative TMJ treatments that can restore alignment to the jaw for good. Unlike analgesic medications that serve only to mask the pain, our TMJ treatments address the root of the problem to help ensure lasting results. If you struggle with TMJ pain, we encourage you to call (513) 234-5531 or to contact us online and schedule a diagnostic and treatment consultation today.
Hardin Advanced Dentistry is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. We welcome patients from all surrounding communities including those in Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.