People who suffer from chronic pain are more susceptible to depression, even depression that requires medication or therapy. Pain that continues past normal healing processes is considered chronic, and it exacts a mental and psychological toll on those who suffer from it. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD is a leading cause of chronic pain in many people. Chronic pain of TMD tied to depression is a cause for concern for neuromuscular dentists diagnosing and treating TMD.
The temporomandibular joint is a crossroads for several muscle groups, nerves, and blood vessels. Inflammation or damage to the joint can cause severe problems throughout the head and neck area. In many cases, the disorders associated with TMD are difficult to pinpoint, giving the impression that the pain is untreatable, causing some people to feel they will never be relieved of it.
People looking for relief from chronic pain often seek it in the wrong place. They will go to a physician and try to convince him/her to treat the symptoms. This often leads to prescribing pain medication and potential dependency on drugs, which may further contribute to depression. While treating TMD in and of itself may not alleviate depression, eliminating chronic pain can contribute greatly to eventual recovery. There is one less problem to worry about.
If you suffer from chronic head, neck, jaw or other pain, even if you do not think it could possibly be related to your TMJ, you should seek consultation from an experienced neurological dentist. At the Rochester Advanced Dentistry, a caring TMD specialist will evaluate your pain and offer a treatment plan to help you alleviate your pain for good. Contact our neuromuscular dentists today to schedule a consultation.