Do you have pain where your jaw connects to your head? Is there popping or immobility in that joint? If so, you may have temporomandibular disorder or disorder of the temporomandibular joint. Most often called TMJ pain or TMJ disorder, this disorder can make it difficult to eat or speak, and can be a distracting source of pain.
TMJ pain can be caused by many different things. Incorrect posture can increase the tension in your neck muscles, straining those in the jaw as well. If you overwork the joint, it can become inflamed and strained. Even clenching the jaw too much or grinding the teeth can cause the joint to develop TMJ disorder. Fortunately, there are ways to treat it.
The treatment Dr. Larry Leonakis recommends will be determined by how you acquired your TMJ, although there are general principles you should follow as well. Relaxation and posture exercises will help if your TMJ pain arose from stress or bad posture.
Our dentist can also prescribe a custom splint to wear in your mouth at night to ease the pain. Using heat to relax the muscle can help as well. If the alignment of the teeth is causing the pain, you may be due for orthodontic treatment such as braces. On a very rare occasion, TMJ pain will need surgery to alleviate.
To learn more about TMJ disorder or to schedule your consultation with G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. in Carson City, Nevada, we invite you to call us today at 775-882-0635. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral care needs!