We all have a TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, located on each side of the head. It is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull and controls jaw movement. As many as 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, headaches, or earaches that could be related to TMJ disorders.* A malady of this joint and its surrounding muscles can cause severe jaw pain and problems with proper functionality. You might have a TMJ disorder if you suffer with any of the following symptoms:
We still do not know exactly what causes TMJ disorders, but some contributing factors include:
It is important to seek treatment immediately for jaw pain to prevent further damage to your teeth and jaw function. Our talented team of doctors will assess your pain and determine the best source of treatment. After the cause of your jaw pain is identified, treatment can begin. Minor cases of TMJ disorders can be treated with simple at-home care, including eating a diet of soft foods, using ice packs, and avoiding extreme jaw movement. Non-surgical treatments may also be needed, such as anti-inflammatory medications or stabilization splints. In severe cases, surgical treatments including jaw joint replacements may be necessary.
Our doctors at River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health and a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you are suffering with jaw pain and suspect you might have TMJ in Old Saybrook, CT, please call our office as soon as possible to receive your consultation appointment. We look forward to speaking with you.
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