If you have pain or discomfort in your jaw, mouth, or neck, it could be a sign of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD. Jaw pain can be anything from simply pesty to debilitating. Symptoms that you may be experiencing TMJ/TMD are general jaw pain, a lack of your full range of motion when opening and closing your mouth, and pain when you press against the areas around your jaw. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, Eagle Dental has solutions to identify the cause and treat your TMD.
What Causes Jaw Pain and TMJ/TMD?
Several factors can contribute to TMJ/TMD. Stress is among the most common. High stress can result in teeth grinding and clenching, which puts excess pressure on the jaw joint, causing inflammation and pain. An irregular bite and misalignment of the teeth that require orthodontic treatment may also put additional pressure on the jaw joint. Otherwise, a previous injury to the jaw or general arthritis can become a regular irritant that can’t be ignored.
Our staff at Eagle Dental is experienced in treating the cause of your jaw pain. Your comfort is our priority from when you enter our office to long after you leave. We treat TMJ/TMD with a combination of mouth guards that relieve jaw stress, Botox® injections, medication, and more.
Depending on the severity and cause of your TMJ/TMD, we may offer a nightguard to treat your jaw pain. Dental nightguards are custom fitted dental appliances that are worn over or between the teeth to provide a thin barrier between them. They’re most effective for treating people who experience TMJ/TMD through clenching or grinding their teeth while they sleep. Use of a nightguard will relieve stress on the jaw joint and improve one’s bite over time, allowing the jaw to return to a comfortable position.
In recent years, injectables have become a well-tested, effective treatment for sufferers of intense TMJ/TMD and jaw pain. When injected into the muscles that control jaw movement, Injectables can reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ/TMD.
The treatment is simple and typically takes no more than half an hour to administer. It’s a useful treatment for people who have not found other solutions effective or people with severe symptoms of TMJ/TMD.
Living with jaw pain is anything but pleasant. If you’re experiencing signs of TMJ/TMD through discomfort or lack of motion in your jaw, call and schedule an appointment with us at Eagle Dental today. For intense cases that can’t wait, we offer same and next-day emergency appointments to treat you immediately.