The TMJ is the complex joint connecting your jaw to your skull that allows you to eat, yawn, and talk. When it sustains an injury or damage, you may suffer a wide range of symptoms. Several things can lead to TMJ disorders, including teeth grinding, arthritis, malocclusions, overuse injuries, and injuries to the face or jaw.
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
• Pain in or near the joint
• Ear pain or an earache
• Popping, clicking, or grinding in the jaw joint or ear, especially if accompanied by pain
• Stiffness or soreness in the jaw muscles
• A jaw that locks open or shut, or difficulty opening or closing your jaw completely
• Radiating pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
• Pain in the temples
Because these symptoms can also indicate other issues, a correct diagnosis is essential. With treatment, the prognosis for TMJ is good. Most patients respond well to conservative therapies. If you are diagnosed with TMJ, we will create a custom plan for your treatment. This will include addressing your personal risk factors and symptoms. Our goal is to alleviate your symptoms, restore your full range of motion and maintain your joint health.
Treatments can include conservative therapies such as cool compresses, medication, stress reduction, and bite guards. You may also benefit from physical therapy, injections, orthodontic treatment and surgery. Most patients respond well to conservative care and recover fully. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our TMJ dentist in TOaks.