TMJ syndrome, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, occurs when there is damage to your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to our skull. This joint rubbing together can cause intense pain in the jaw, back, neck, and other places. Fortunately, there are treatments and ways stop the behaviors that could have caused this syndrome.
TMJ syndrome can be caused by issues both preventable and unpreventable. Teeth injuries, jaw misalignment, excessive jaw grinding and clenching, gum chewing, and so many other possibilities that would cause harm to some’s mouth can cause TMJ.
Some commons signs of TMJ syndrome:
- Jaw pain
- Locked jaw and stiffness
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Ear pain
- Popping sounds in ears
- Chronic headaches
- Blurred vision
- Pain in the temples
- Difficulty chewing food
- Shoulder pain
- Neck and back pain
These pains and issues might be subtle at first, but if not treated, the pain will intensify and start to interfere with your daily life! Only specially trained and qualified dentists can help you with your TMJ related problems and luckily, here at TMJ Pain Center, that is our specialty.
If you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of TMJ syndrome, it is always best to be officially diagnosed by a professional for the best possible treatment options.
Reducing stress, calming your muscles, and relaxation will help ease your pain and can be a brief fix for less severe cases of TMJ. Ice packs to the joint, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, and gentle massages to the area can help relieve the pain before a dental professional can look at it.
In more serious circumstances, dental surgery might be the best option for long-term relief.
TMJ is a serious mouth joint issue that needs to be diagnosed by a professional. Contact us if you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ syndrome and we will make sure you receive the right treatment for your jaw pain!