The temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, might be one of the most important joints in your body. Without it, you could not easy or speak. It moves forward, backward, up, down and from side to side thanks to the many individual components in this complex joint. However, if anything goes wrong with any of these components, from the disc to the muscles, you may experience significant dysfunction or pain. This condition is often called TMJ. Our team offers specialized care for patients with TMJ pain and can provide you with the treatment you need to enjoy complete symptom relief.
TMJ symptoms can include:
- Pain and tenderness in the jaw joint
- Facial pain
- Ear pain
- Neck ache and headache
- Clicking, grinding or popping sounds in the joint
- Radiating joint pain
Our dentist takes a proactive approach to helping alleviate your pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can relieve pain and inflammation while special exercises can strengthen the muscles that support the joint, providing long-term relief from discomfort. Pain medications can be prescribed as needed. Special stretching and relaxation exercises can relieve tension and soothe sore muscles. We may also determine that injections can be beneficial in your case. Corticosteroid injections can be used to combat inflammation, and Botox injections can relax overly tight muscles. These injections may be repeated periodically as needed.
Because each case is unique, we can also address specific health issues contributing to your symptoms. A night guard might be necessary if you grind your teeth, which can put excessive pressure on the joint, but you may also need orthodontic treatment if an orthodontic problem or a misaligned bite are contributing to your jaw pain.
A healthy bite is a pain-free bite. By working together, we will address the underlying causes of your TMJ and restore the full function and comfort of your jaw. Call our office today to learn more about your options and to schedule your consultation.