TMJ and Bruxism
You’ve got TMJ pain in your head, neck, jaw, or all three. It’s a real problem that affects just about everything you do, and even simple actions like chewing and speaking can be very painful. In some cases, you may feel pain all the time, whether you’re moving your mouth or not.
At Town East Dental Group, we offer non-surgical treatment alternatives for TMJ pain and will work with you to find a solution that lets you get back to enjoying your life.
Why Do I Have TMJ Pain?
The joint that controls the movement of your lower jaw is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Place your fingers in front of your ears, move your jaw up and down, and you will feel this joint at work. When it’s not working correctly or causes pain, we call it TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
TMD pain starts in the jaw joint or the muscles that control movement when you chew or speak. While your jaw is moving, these muscles are also working to support your head and neck. They have a lot of work to do and can become tired, tense, or painful from overuse just like any other muscles in the body. This can lead to facial pain and pain in your jaw, neck, and head.
Any of these problems can be symptomatic of TMD:
- Pain when opening and closing your mouth
- Headaches, including migraines
- Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Clicking or popping sound in the jaw
- Tooth breakage and dental wear
- Ringing in the ears
The goal of treatment is to decrease pain, increase jaw function, and limit the impact of TMD on your daily life. We have learned from experience that conservative treatments and self-management are effective solutions for alleviating the painful symptoms of TMD without surgery.
Treatment for Reducing TMJ Pain
Dr. RJ Loera starts with a thorough evaluation of your oral health to try to pinpoint the source of your pain. We always start treatment with the most conservative methods, which can include medication therapy and techniques like meditation to reduce your general stress level.
We may also recommend a customized oral device that fits comfortably over your front teeth. The device is worn while you sleep, and is designed to move the jaw forward, spreading the upper and lower jaw apart so that they don’t come into contact. This helps to relieve jaw clenching, which increases painful symptoms.
Call Today to Get the Relief You Need
We know how uncomfortable the symptoms of TMJ and teeth grinding can be and our doctors will work with you to find the solution that eliminates your discomfort and allow you to go back to enjoying life. Please call our Mesquite dental office to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our doctors.