Jaw pain isn’t as common as toothaches, but when it occurs, it can often have an even wider impact on your oral health and comfort. It’s also a common indication of TMJ disorder – a dysfunction in one or both of the joints that control your jaw’s movement. TMJ disorder can have several wide-ranging symptoms, which can differ for every patient who experiences it. Fortunately, we can help you diagnose your jaw pain and, if necessary, design an appropriate treatment plan to help your TMJs recover their health and proper function.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorder can mean many things, but it always affects the two large joints on either side of your jaw. If one or both joints are damaged, forced out of alignment, suffering from tissues inflammation, in the grips of arthritis, or otherwise compromised, then the condition may be classified as TMJ disorder. While symptoms differ according to the specific cause, some of the more common signs of TMJ disorder can include:
- Popping/clicking in your jaw joints
- Chronic, severe pain in your jaw
- Soreness in your jaw or facial muscles
- Difficulty biting and chewing comfortably
- Occasional locked jaw (inability to open or close it)
- Tinnitus, or pain and ringing in your ears
- And much more
How to Improve Your Jaw’s Function
TMJ disorder is often closely related to bruxism. If you grind your teeth, it can lead to TMJ disorder; if you have TMJ disorder, then you might grind your teeth because of the discomfort. Also, like bruxism, TMJ disorder can often be alleviated with a custom-designed appliance, which allows your jaw to rest more comfortably and reduces stress and tension on your TMJs.
Learn if You Need TMJ Treatment
TMJ disorder can have several severe impacts on your oral health and bite function, though we can help you find relief with custom TMJ treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.