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Jaw pain affects eating, drinking, and speaking and, when it becomes severe, can quickly take a toll on your quality of life. Conditions like TMJ disorder are treatable with help from your dentist and various methods which have proven to be successful, you can overcome your TMJ disorder-related pain once and for all. Find out more about TMJ disorder pain and its treatments with Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joints which lie on either side of your jaw in front of your ears. TMJ disorder causes these joints, made up of a ball-and-socket type joint, to become inflamed and irritated, causing potentially serious symptoms that can quickly affect your quality of life, eating, and speaking. TMJ disorder is a common condition and is treatable with help from your dentist.
Do I have TMJ disorder?
TMJ may range from mild to severe with symptoms varying from patient to patient. However, there is a simple test you can perform on yourself at home to determine if you may have TMJ disorder. Place your fingers on the joint, located in front of the ears, and open your mouth. If you feel a clicking, grinding, or tenderness in the joint, you should speak with your dentist about TMJ disorder and its treatments. Some common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- pain in the face or jaw
- clicking or grinding when opening or closing the mouth or chewing
- aching pain in/around your ear
- difficulty chewing
- locking of the joint, especially in the mouth’s open position (lockjaw)
Treating TMJ disorder in Milford, MA
Treating TMJ disorder depends on the patient and the severity of their condition. In some cases, over-the-counter medications can treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder. In other situations, prescription medications like antidepressants or muscle relaxants may produce better results. TMJ disorder is thought to be stress-related in some cases, meaning that some patients find their symptoms decrease with proper stress management. Physical therapy, oral appliance therapy, and counseling may help treat TMJ disorder. Some severe cases of TMJ disorder require surgery to correct damaged or injured joints.
For more information on TMJ disorder-related pain, please contact Dr. Beigi and Dr. Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Call (508) 966-7923 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Are you dealing with sore, achy jaws? You could be suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Do you hear a popping or clicking sound when you yawn or chew your food? Do you feel like your jaws feel achy or are in pain quite often? Do you wake up with headaches? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, then it’s time you talked to our Milford, MA, dentists, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian, about TMJ disorders.
What is a TMJ disorder?
The TMJ, known as the temporomandibular joint, is what connects the jaws to the skull and allows you to move the jaws up and down. You use these joints everyday for talking and chewing but unless you have trouble with your joint you wouldn’t even notice them. Of course, if this joint causes pain or discomfort this could mean that you are dealing with a TMJ disorder.
What are the symptoms?
There are many symptoms that someone with a TMJ disorder can experience. We mentioned just a few of them above. If you find that your jaws pop, click or make any noises when you open your mouth, this could be a telltale sign of a TMJ disorder. You may notice that the pain and achiness spreads past the jaws to the neck or even shoulders. There may even be some swelling present.
If you’ve had a TMJ disorder for a while our Milford, MA, general dentist may be able to detect it by noticing excessive wear and tear on certain teeth. If you are experiencing sore or painful jaws then it’s time to have the issue checked out.
What causes this disorder?
While it isn’t always possible to be able to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder there are a few things that could be to blame:
- Trauma to the jaw or jaw joint
- Teeth grinding, jaw clenching or nail biting
- A bad bite (also known as a “malocclusion”)
- A structural imbalance in the jaws or face
- Tooth loss
- Worn teeth
What are my treatment options?
You’ll be relieved to hear that many cases of TMJ disorder go away on their own; however, you may be interested in finding relief from your symptoms until the problem dissipates. There are some easy things you can do, depending on the cause including:
- Icing achy, sore joints to reduce swelling and pain
- Taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
- Performing stretching and strengthening exercises
- Wearing an oral splint or night guard
- dental restorations such as orthodontics or dental bridgework
Milford Dental Group is ready to help you maintain better jaw health and to get rid of the pain. If you think you could be dealing with a TMJ disorder then it’s time you called our Milford, MA, dental office to learn more.