The temporomandibular joint allows for the chewing and side-to-side motion of your lower jaw. When this joint becomes overworked or fatigued, it can cause a variety of problems that can be felt in your head, neck and shoulders, as well as other areas.
TMJ/TMD pain is often caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth. It can also be the result of an injury, such as a blow to the head or jaw. Misaligned teeth can cause TMJ/TMD pain as well. A thorough exam of the area and questions about your pain will help your dentist make an accurate diagnosis of the problem and lead to an effective treatment plan.
TMJ/TMD pain often resolves on its own. However, if you are experiencing this pain on a regular basis, a thorough examination of the joint is warranted. Treatment may be as simple as learning a few targeted exercises for the joint in cases of mild discomfort. More severe cases require more extensive treatment.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
Pain relief medication often eases the discomfort of TMJ/TMD discomfort. When this is not enough and exercises do not produce desired results, other options are available. A nightguard, which cushions the teeth while you sleep, prevents grinding and clenching.
Constant pressure from grinding your teeth, or bruxism, causes the jaw joints to become overworked. Clenching adds stress to the joints, and the constant pressure makes the joints fatigued. Since the joints are not able to rest and repair during sleep, the result is jaw pain and possible pain or discomfort in the head, neck and shoulders. Some individuals also experience pain in their ears or facial muscles.
Suffering with pain from TMJ/TMD is not necessary when an accurate diagnosis can identify the most effective treatment. Most treatments for this disorder are fairly simple and non-invasive. Contact Dr. Wang to schedule an appointment at Engineered Smiles to get relief from your jaw joint pain.