Even though the cause of TMJ is still unknown, we can relieve many common symptoms of TMJ and TMD with non-invasive treatments. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or have experienced some trauma to the mouth, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, upper shoulder pain, or tenderness in the face. We can address all of these concerns and recommend some lifestyle changes or therapies to effectively manage these symptoms.
About Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
When the jaw joint is not working properly or the muscles that control movement of the jaw are compromised, you may have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome. Improper functioning of the jaw can make it difficult to chew and talk properly. You may also experience pain or tenderness around the face and neck, or have pain around the shoulders and upper back because of chronic tension around the jaw.
Some of the warning signs that there is a problem with the jaw include:
Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth
Pain or tenderness when chewing
Jaws that get locked or stuck in position
Tenderness or soreness around the face and shoulders
Ringing in the ears
The Benefits of TMD Treatment
TMJ can cause debilitating pain in the head, neck and jaw. Treatment will ease these symptoms.
Chronic migraines can be a symptom of TMD and can be relieved by TMD treatment.
Ability to Chew
Jaw pain or soreness can make eating difficult. TMD treatment will ease jaw pain symptoms.
No More Popping
Those with TMD can have popping or clicking when they open their mouths. This will be relieved by treatment.
Dr. Duongvannak J.B. Keo and his team can prepare a custom treatment plan to address all of the issues you are having that may be associated with TMJ and TMD. Some patients enjoy great results with some simple lifestyle modifications, such as wearing a night guard to prevent teeth clenching at night, eating soft foods, and taking pain medication. A small percentage of patients may need to undergo jaw replacement surgery or other procedures to resolve issues related to the jaw joint. We can discuss the best treatment options for your particular situation during your consultation.
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