Don’t Let Jaw Pain From TMJ Hinder Your Life
Do you ever wake up in the morning with jaw pain? Does your jaw click and pop or have a feeling like it is locked up? This could be the result of what is called TMJ or TMD.
The temporomandibular joint is like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. This join is on both sides of your head. A TMJ disorder can cause pain in your jaw and in the muscles that control the jaw.
The exact cause of TMJ is difficult to determine sometimes. The pain may be the result of a combination of factors which include genetics, arthritis or injury to the jaw. Some people who suffer from this problem also tend to grind or clench their teeth together at night.
Symptoms Of TMJ
The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder might include:
• Pain or tenderness in your jaw
• Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
• Aching pain in and around your ear
• Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
• Aching facial pain
• Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
The Treatment Process
First, we have to look at how the jaws relate to each other to see if there is a discrepancy between where the teeth guide the jaws to close, and where the muscles or joints actually want to close. If the problem is related to jaw position, we have to carefully figure out a better position and then how to make a bite splint that will allow your jaw to rest in that pain-free position.
Second, we have to see whether you are grinding or clenching your teeth during the night. This can be enough to trigger a muscle spasm and jaw fatigue. Grinding and clenching aggravate the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that affects three areas: the eyes and forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. In reaction to stress, the trigeminal becomes overstimulated, causing migraines and other chronic discomforts.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, then give us a call today at 214-547-1010.