Jaw Pain: Treating Your TMJ in Tyler, TX
Have you ever laughed and smiled so much that you start rubbing your face and proclaiming your “jaws” hurt? That has probably happened to most of us. However, if that pain continues and becomes chronic, it is very uncomfortable and not the result of laughing.
Pain in the jaws and headaches are both often signs of TMD (sometimes called TMJ), which is short for Temporomandibular Dysfunction. This can be a very serious and debilitating problem, with pain when chewing, or noises and pain when opening or closing your mouth, and the threat of headaches.
There are several issues that we have to look at when we see a patient who suffers from TMD. First, we have to look at how the jaws relate to each other to see if there is a discrepancy between where the teeth guide the jaws to close, and where the muscles or joints actually want to close. If the problem is related to jaw position, we have to carefully figure out a better position and then how to make a bite splint that will allow your jaw to rest in that pain-free position.
Second, we have to see whether you are grinding or clenching your teeth during the night. This can be enough to trigger a muscle spasm and jaw fatigue.
If you are having jaw pain, we need to see you and make a diagnosis so we can find a way to get you comfortable again. You don’t need to suffer any longer! Come see our TMJ treatment dentist today!