Your Chronic Head and Neck Pain Could Be Caused by TMD

TMD or temporomandibular disorder is a condition that causes frequent headaches and/or jaw aches. It occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) fails to function properly. This is often caused by bruxism or a habitual grinding of the teeth. Drs. Daren Larsen and Josh Haslem provide a number of simple treatments that can end your TMD pain. If your headaches are caused by TMD, wearing a night guard or making small adjustments to your bite can make a big difference. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

A Simple Procedure Could Cure Your Chronic Head and Neck Pain

Symptoms of TMD

  • Frequent headaches
  • Limited jaw mobility
  • Popping or clicking sound when opening and closing your mouth
  • Pain around the jaw or neck


Bruxism is habitual, unconscious teeth grinding. This repeated activity puts extra stress on the TMJ and can cause quite a bit of pain. Bruxism can also severely wear down your teeth over time. Often a night guard designed by Drs. Larsen and Haslem will put an end to bruxism and begin to ease your TMJ problems.

TMJ Treatment in Vernal, UT

Occlusal Adjustment

Another effective solution to bruxism is an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment is a process that helps your teeth come to a proper resting position by making tiny changes to the biting surfaces of your teeth. When your bite comes together properly, grinding your teeth becomes much less natural and the unconscious habit quickly stops. Occlusal adjustment is a safe and simple procedure that can put an end to a number of aches and pains.

Dr. Daren Larsen and Dr. Josh Haslem are general dentists in Vernal, UT. If you suffer from TMJ disorders, frequent headaches or teeth grinding, call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you.

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