What causes TMJ pain?
TMJ disorders are caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint, which acts as a hinge connecting the bones of your skull with the bones of your jaw. The temporomandibular joint allows you to eat, chew, speak, yawn, and move your jaw. When this joint becomes dislocated or the muscles surrounding the joint become inflamed or strained, it can cause mild to severe pain in the face, head, jaw, neck, and back. Sports injuries, car accidents, and other problems can lead to TMJ disorders, as well as:
- Grinding and Clenching Teeth
- Anxiety and Stress
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?
In addition to pain when chewing, yawning, opening the mouth, or moving the jaw, TMJ disorders can cause pain in various parts of the body that are connected to the skull and jaw, such as the face, head, neck, shoulders, and back. Chronic pain associated with TMJ disorders includes:
- Pain or tenderness in the temples
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw
- Fullness or pressure in the ear
- Clicking or popping noises during eating or other jaw movement
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- What type of doctor treats TMJ pain?
Due to the location of the temporomandibular joint, a dentist is the most qualified healthcare provider to schedule an appointment with if you experience persistent pain. A dentist can access whether or not a mouthguard can be used to prevent clenching and grinding or if other treatment options are available.
What helps relieve TMJ pain?
The location of your TMJ pain will depend on your level of pain. If pain persists for several days, if over-the-counter pain relievers do not alleviate pain, or if you are having trouble eating or moving your jaw, see your dentist as soon as possible. He or she can determine whether or not other treatment options should be considered. Some of the most common types of TMJ disorder treatment include:
Mouth Guards for TMJ Pain
Mouth guards, or night guards can be a beneficial solution for those whose TMJ pain is related to teeth clenching and grinding. A dentist can determine whether or not a mouth guard can provide some relief from your jaw pain or if another solution is necessary.
TMJ Pain Treatment - Nashville, TN
If your TMJ pain is affecting your life, the orthodontic specialists at Smith Dental can evaluate your case and create a custom treatment plan to fit your individual needs. Our practice offers three convenient Nashville metropolitan locations, and with on-site dentists and orthodontists, you never have to worry about referrals to a specialist, since every service provided can be completed in our practice, including:
- Routine Checkups
- Routine Cleanings
- Dental X-Rays
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Preventative Dentistry
- Teeth Whitening
- TMJ Treatment
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Oral Surgery
Schedule your appointment today at one of our three convenient locations in Smyrna, Madison, and Spring Hill, Tennessee. Our Nashville area dentists offices even offer Friday and Saturday appointments.
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