TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints, the joints in your jaw that link your lower jawbone to your skull. TMJ joints allow you to open and close your mouth. Millions of Americans experience TMJ pain in their face, jaw, or neck caused by TMJ disorders. Treatment at Inspira Advanced Dentistry reduces discomfort and improves your quality of life.
TMJ pain often presents as one of the following symptoms:
If the jaw pain is severe or affects your quality of life, see the Inspira Advanced Dentistry team for an evaluation.
The cause of TMJ disorders isn’t always known. Risk factors for developing TMJ pain include:
If you have a family history of TMJ pain, your risk of developing the condition rises.
Your dentist diagnoses TMJ problems after talking with you about your symptoms and medical history. They examine your jaw joint and its range of motion and often recommend X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to find the underlying cause of TMJ discomfort.
The treatments available to reduce TMJ pain include:
Things you can do at home to reduce jaw discomfort include relaxing facial muscles, stretching, massage, and using heat or cold packs. Reducing stress can ease jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
Medications help reduce TMJ discomfort and relax tight jaw muscles.
Botox® and steroid injections can reduce TMJ pain caused by inflammation or jaw clenching.
Physical therapy exercises and stretches help ease jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders. They also reduce your risk of a repeat of TMJ discomfort.
You can wear oral appliances (mouthguards) to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching for TMJ pain relief. Your Inspira Advanced Dentistry provider customizes dental appliances to fit your teeth and mouth perfectly.
Don’t live with TMJ pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Inspira Advanced Dentistry by phone or online today.