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Signs You May Have TMJ

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) enables you to open and close your mouth. TMJ disorders can result in pain in the joints and muscles in your jaw and can affect your jaw’s movement. Drs. Peyman Beigi and Nina Raeisian are dentists at Milford Dental Group. They provide treatment for TMJ.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

Milford dental patients may be suffering from TMJ if they notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tenderness or pain in one or both sides of your jaw
  • Pain around one or both ears that radiates from your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching on one or both sides of your face
  • Stiffness or difficulty opening your mouth
  • Locking of your jaw joint
  • Jaw clicking or grating when you chew or talk

Causes of TMJ Disorder

A TMJ disorder may occur in the following cases:

  • The disc protecting the TMJ slops out of alignment
  • The cartilage surrounding the joint is damaged by arthritis
  • The jawbone or joint is damaged due to a blow or other trauma

Treatment for TMJ Disorder

The type of treatment that you receive for your TMJ disorder in Milford will depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition. The following treatments are available:

  • Medication: You can use over-the-counter pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the discomfort.
  • Nightguard: If you tend to grind or clench your teeth wearing a nightguard can protect your teeth and reduce your risk of jaw pain.
  • Relaxation: Using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and progressive relaxation can help you to eliminate stress and loosen your jaw muscles.
  • Physical therapy: There are exercises you can practice to strengthen your jaw muscles.
  • Surgery: If more conservative treatments are unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend surgery.

If you think you may have TMJ and you would like to talk to Drs. Peyman Beigi and Nina Raeisian, call Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, at 508-482-0028 to request a consultation.

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