Find What's Causing Your Jaw Pain
If your jaw pain has begun to affect your day-to-day life, you could have a jaw-related condition like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. However, you may not know how or when this condition developed. In this case, finding out the cause of your jaw pain is a crucial part of diagnosing and treating it. Learn more about jaw pain and what causes it with Quality Dental of Danbury in Danbury, CT.
What is TMJ disorder?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on either side of your jaw. These joints control the opening and closing motion of your mouth. TMJ disorder occurs when the joints become inflamed or damaged, causing pain and inflammation. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to further complications and severe pain and discomfort.
Do I have TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is characterized by some specific symptoms, including:
- clicking or popping noise when opening or closing the mouth
- pain or swelling of the temporomandibular joint
- difficulty opening the mouth
- frequent earaches or headaches
- pain in the shoulders or back
TMJ disorder comes from a variety of causes. Some of the main causes are bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding), uneven bite, certain diseases, like arthritis, stress, and general daily wear and tear of the joint.
TMJ Disorder Treatment in Danbury, CT
Your dentist at Quality Dental of Danbury is your best source of information on TMJ disorder treatments and determining which is best for you. Treatment often begins conservatively with lifestyle changes, such as decreasing stress, resting the joint more frequently and some specialized exercises and stretches. A dental device worn while sleeping can help prevent the bruxism causing your TMJ disorder. Medication and steroid injections may also be beneficial. In severe cases of TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend surgery to manually correct the problem.
For more information on TMJ disorder, please contact Dr. James Tagliarini or Dr. Yana Rosenstein at Quality Dental of Danbury in Danbury, CT. Call (203) 743-2232 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with your dentist today!