Effective treatment for jaw pain and related symptoms
Recognizing Symptoms of TMJ
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), also known as TMJ syndrome, is often characterized by symptoms such as chronic jaw pain, tenderness around the neck and jaw, and frequent headaches. Inflammation around the jaw joint can make it difficult for some people to open their mouths widely, while others may experience bouts of upper shoulder pain. Some even find that their jaw gets “stuck” or locked in position from time to time.
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Common Causes of Jaw Pain and TMJ
While the root cause of TMJ syndrome remains unknown, it’s clear that jaw pain and TMJ symptoms have been linked to a number of health problems and daily habits, including:
- Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
- Trauma to the Face or Jaw
- Teeth Clenching Habits
When the temporomandibular joint becomes compromised in any way, you may experience jaw pain or a decrease in mobility of the jaw. This is a hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone of the skull, and is located in front of the ear on either side of the head. The muscles attached to the jaw are what allow us to move the jaw easily, enabling us to chew food, talk, and yawn easily. When the muscles or joints are injured or damaged in some way, we may experience TMJ symptoms.
TMJ Treatment Options
Some of the first things your New Image dentist may recommend for your jaw pain or other TMJ symptoms are relaxation exercises to reduce stress and tension around the jaw area. This can relieve jaw pain to some extent, but it’s common for patients to wear a night guard or splint to deter teeth clenching and grinding habits. More aggressive treatment such as cortisone shots to reduce inflammation, or even surgery to replace the jaw joint may also be an effective solution for some patients.
If you’re ready to find out how you can treat your TMJ pain, call our office today to schedule your new patient consultation with our experienced dentists!