Do you experience pain in your jaw, in addition to headaches, neck pain or annoying symptoms like popping or locking jaws? When you open and close your mouth, chew, or talk, you use your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. If you have problems with your TMJ and surrounding muscles, you suffer from temporomandibular disorder, or TMD—a disorder or dysfunction of the TMJ. You don’t need to live life with headaches, chronic jaw pain, locking or popping.
Signs Of TMD/TMJ
Headaches and Earaches
When your TMJ and surrounding muscles become inflamed, aches can radiate from your ear, causing headaches and ear discomfort.
Your face might feel uncomfortable or tight, or you might have swelling on the side of your face. When your jaw muscle is overworked or strained, the pain can affect your entire face and neck.
Clicking of the Jaw
When you open and close your mouth, you may hear and feel your jaw click because of a misaligned or strained jaw.
Talking and chewing can tire your jaw quickly, causing jaw fatigue. This is a sign your jaw muscle might be strained or overtired from clenching and grinding.
Stuck or Lockjaw
Your jaw may become stuck, or locked in place. This can happen when you open your mouth widely, such as while yawning. This symptom can be very alarming, but usually isn’t painful. If you aren’t sure whether you’re suffering from TMD, call us today.! A professional diagnosis is the best way to get your oral health under control and alleviate any jaw pain or headaches.
Grinding Teeth (BRUXISM)
TMJ disorder side effects are often caused when you grind your teeth at night, or even during the day in stressful situations. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding is also known as bruxism and can lead to more serious issues like chronic headaches, teeth damage and jaw malfunctions. If you clench your jaw at night, we can provide a custom-fit mouthguard to reduce the damage to your teeth and help eliminate headaches.
TMD discomfort can sometimes be relieved with dental work, such as replacing missing teeth, crowns or braces. Depending on your needs, this dental work might be designed to improve your jaw alignment or protect and restore damaged teeth. In some cases, you may need. There are multiple surgery options available for TMD/TMJ problems depending on your specific needs. All of these methods will improve your jaw health and stop TMD/TMJ pain in its tracks.
Invisalign® braces work just like traditional braces, which means they gradually shift teeth into a healthier, straighter position. If a misaligned bite is contributing to your TMD/TMJ problems, a readjustment with Invisalign® braces can improve your bite and improve or eliminate TMD/TMJ symptoms.
The regular teeth grinding that often accompanies TMD/TMJ problems can wear on your teeth. If your teeth are substantially worn down by regular grinding, dental crows can improve the appearance of your smile and improve your jaw health and the alignment of your bite.
BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM®
BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM® injections relax jaw muscles and relieve tension in those muscles. When jaw muscles are relaxed with the help of a dermal filler, they can no longer clench and grind. A relaxed jaw at night can go a long way toward improving your jaw health and preventing pain. If you experience chronic pain, we know how it can disrupt your life. Dermal filler treatments may help manage that pain, and we are happy to offer this alternative treatment for TMD and its associated pains and headaches.