Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is essential in being able to eat, speak, and yawn comfortably. But due to arthritis, teeth grinding, or an injury, this joint can become damaged, and it can result in a lot of pain. TMJ pain can occur in the jaw, neck, or face, and it can occur any time you open or close your mouth. Until you can see a professional, you can take over-the-counter pain medication to reduce your symptoms.
The cause of the TMJ disorder will ultimately determine the best course of treatment for you. Teeth grinding is a common cause of TMJ pain, and many people grind their teeth as a result of stress of anxiety. As a result, it is recommended that these patients practice relaxation techniques or stress reducing exercises in order to calm themselves. They may also be given a mouth guard to wear at night so that their joints are protected from the forces of grinding.
Pain in the jaw is just one of the symptoms of TMJ syndrome. You should also look out for locking of the jaw, changes in the alignment of teeth, and clicking or popping of the jaw joint. These all indicate that something is wrong and that you need treatment.