Some of the symptoms that may be linked to a TMJ disorder are:
- Radiating pain in your face, jaw, or neck
- Stiff jaw muscles
- A jaw that clicks, pops, or locks so you can’t move it at all
- A change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint—the joint that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to the bone on the side of your head (temporal). The joint helps perform the movement we need to talk, chew, and yawn. When there is disorder in the joint, you can experience a lot of discomfort and pain. Problems can arise when misaligned teeth cause strain on the joint and the chewing muscles.
TMJ Treatment Options
Sometimes, minor issues may resolve in time with self-care that can include alternating in applying heat and ice to the joint, doing jaw exercises, or taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. In other cases, an oral appliance, such as the E-appliance used by our dentist, Dr. Azarbal, may be needed to treat the disorder.
Visit our occlusal disease/unbalanced bite page for information and to find out how Dr. Azarbal treats this disorder. He has the training, skill, and experience to determine if a disorder of the joint is causing your pain, and if it is, to give you relief.
Relieving Your TMJ Pain
If you are experiencing the symptoms associated with this disorder, it is important to have your bite and TMJ evaluated. Letting the problem linger can lead to even more problems. Call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.