Get Relief From Chronic Jaw Pain and Headaches
Robert I. Hlavac, Dental Corporation in Concord, CA
Do you suffer from a chronic pain in your jaw near your ears at the joint? You may be suffering from what’s commonly called TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). The temporomandibular joint is more commonly referred to as simply the jaw joint. In cases of TMJ, patients report soreness in this joint in addition to other symptoms, such as clicking when chewing or talking, lockjaw, and teeth grinding.
Causes of TMJ
While we do not know exactly what causes TMJ, we do know that it can be brought on by or exacerbated by a number of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Inflammation and arthritis
- Strained tendons and ligaments
- Disk problems
We also know that genetics play a significant role in whether or not you’ll suffer from symptoms of TMJ, and we know that women tend to show symptoms more than men. With all of this information, we may not be able to pinpoint TMJ’s exact cause. We can, however, pinpoint the best treatments to ease pain and alleviate symptoms.
Once Dr. Hlavac has diagnosed your TMJ, he will suggest a course of treatment. For some patients, simply switching to softer foods and wearing a mouthguard at night to avoid grinding their teeth will be enough to relieve pain, relax the jaw, and prevent future problems.
If you have suffered from TMJ for some time or you have a tendency to grind your teeth, either at night or during the day, Dr. Hlavac will likely recommend further treatment to restore your teeth to good dental health. This can include bridgework, crowns, or orthodontics to correct your bite. He may also recommend cortisone injections to the jaw joint to reduce inflammation.
Surgery is rarely a necessary solution for TMJ, especially if we can catch it early and begin therapy as soon as possible. If you grind your teeth, or if you have other reasons to suspect that you have TMJ, please make an appointment with us today to get a diagnosis and start treatment. You can call us at 925-391-2718, or fill out our online contact form, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.