What Is TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder)?

Visit West Hollywood Dentist for TMJ Disorder

Many Americans will suffer from facial pain at some point in their lives. Often times, the source of this pain is related to one or both of the temporomandibular joints. The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on either side of the head, these joints, along with muscles, ligaments, and bones, work together to help you chew and speak. Any problem that prevents this complex system from functioning properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain around the jaw, neck, or ears, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your favorite dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, to locate the source of the pain and explore your treatment options.

The Signs of TMJ:

  • Aching pain in or around the ear
  • Hearing a clicking or popping noise when opening the jaw
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found
  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth or difficulty chewing

It’s important to seek medical attention if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can’t open or close your jaw completely. Seek a dental professional to discuss possible causes and treatments for your ailment.

Common Causes of TMJ

Because each temporomandibular joint has a disc between the ball and socket joint, the disc normally provides a cushion for the friction that occurs when the jaw opens and closes. If the disc is damaged or fails to work properly, the friction can cause extreme pain around the jaw, neck, face, and ears. Possible causes of TMJ disorders include: Arthritis; Misalignment of the teeth and jaw; Jaw dislocation or injury; and Extreme stress and teeth grinding.

Often times, minor facial pain will relieve itself. For simple at home self-care treatments, focus on eating soft foods, applying icepacks to painful areas, and gently stretching the jaw to alleviate the pain. It’s best to avoid quick, sharp jaw movements like yawning and yelling. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce inflammation. If the pain does not improve or worsens after several days of at-home treatments, schedule a visit with your dentist in West Hollywood right away.

If your diagnosed you with a TMJ disorder, further treatment options may include prescription medications like muscle relaxers, oral devices like mouth guards, or surgical procedures.

For those patients who experience facial pain, the most proactive solution is to schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately. If you have any questions or concerns about stress and how it is affecting your oral health, schedule an appointment with the highly reputable dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, DMD of OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com to learn more about the top-notch dental care we provide all of our patients.




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