Facial pain can be severe, especially when it involves your jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint. This hinge-like joint connects your upper and lower jawbones. When this joint isn't working smoothly, you could have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.
Your jaw is involved in a number of daily activities like eating or speaking. Each action requires the cooperation of muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, and bones that keep your jaw moving. When an issue comes up with your jaw joint, it becomes harder and more painful to move your jaw.
Signs of TMJ You Should Look For:
- Pain in your jaw joint
- Pain in your neck or shoulders
- Feeling tired
- Inflammation on part of your face
- Ear pain
- Pain while eating or chewing
- Locked jaw
If you feel pain around your oral cavity, we recommend coming to see Dr. Vishal Advani so we can determine the source of your pain. If you are experiencing jaw pain or suspect you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, call Elk Grove Smile Center.
Reasons TMJ Occurs:
- Arthritis damage in joints
- Disc erosion
- Injury to the jaw
- Teeth grinding
- Bad posture
- Orthodontic treatment
- Excessive gum chewing
TMJ Treatment in Elk Grove Village
The good news is that TMJ treatment is reliable and straightforward. Dr. Vishal Advani uses digital x-rays as a diagnostic tool to identify any issues. Many patients are treated with a nightguard.
Wearing a guard during sleep prevents your jaws from meeting or touching. This relieves TMJ since you can no longer grind or clench your teeth.
If you think you have an issue with your jaw, or if you are experiencing pain, please call Elk Grove Smile Center. We will find the source of your issue and provide solutions that work with you.
When you wear the night guard during sleep, your upper and lower jaw can't meet. This takes the stress off the TMJ because you can't clench your teeth.
Take Care of Your Jaw Joints
Your oral health is incredibly valuable; it allows you to eat whatever you want, speak with clarity, and sleep without pain. If you are experiencing jaw joint pain, let us know.