The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the connection point between the jaw and temporal bones of the skull. TMJ pain refers to a wide variety of health issues associated with this joint.
What are the symptoms of TMJ pain?
TMJ pain can manifest in a number of ways. These include:
- Pain in the face, shoulders, neck, or jaw
- Pain associated with speaking, chewing and opening your mouth
- Locked or stuck jaws
- Popping and clicking noises when you open and close your mouth
- Discomfort and trouble chewing
- Facial swelling
- Headaches, toothaches, dizziness
What are treatment options for TMJ pain?
Treatment for TMJ pain depends on the cause and its severity. We at Dental Care of Port Jervis strive to treat your TMJ pain with the most conservative treatments available. This may involve 3d imaging, splint therapy, harmonizing the masticatory system, and medication.
How can I relieve TMJ pain?
To help relieve the TMJ pain that you are feeling, avoid overusing your jaw. Don’t chew gum or chew hard and sticky foods. There are certain jaw stretches and massages that may help. Alternating heat and cooling pads can also be effective.
TMJ pain can be incredibly sore and debilitating. Do not just live with the symptoms, come to see us to discuss treatment options. If you think that you are experiencing TMJ pain, give us a call today.