When you experience jaw tenderness, it can be difficult to do basic tasks such as eating and speaking. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint pain, has a variety of causes and can be incredibly painful if left untreated. Our TMJ dentist specializes in helping patients find the treatment that is right for them.
TMJ is pain focused in one or both of the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. Often times TMJ is caused by trauma to the jaw, cartilage damage as a result of arthritis, and disk movement or erosion. This disorder can also be a result of stress and clenching one’s jaw. Contrary to popular opinion, TMJ is not technically a genetic disorder. However, many of the causes that lead to this condition may be hereditary. For example, misaligned bite, anxiety disorders, arthritis, and fibromyalgia can all play a contributing role in the development of TMJ. If you experience pain in your jaw or around your ear, have difficulty chewing, or experience locked jaw, it is possible you suffer from TMJ.
It is important to seek treatment at the diagnosis of TMJ to avoid severe headaches, tinnitus, and neck and shoulder pain. There are a variety of treatments for this condition, including physical therapy, oral splints, medications, and in certain circumstances, surgery. It is important to discuss all of your options with your doctor upon diagnosis.