If you experience jaw pains that don’t seem to go away, it may be that you are struggling with what is called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. This is a chronic condition that can make it difficult to eat, talk, or even smile. Learn more about the causes of TMJ disorder and how it can be resolved at Dr. Jonathan Stone’s dental practice in Wayne.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is chronic jaw pain and discomfort that sources from the joint that connects the jaw bone to the skull. If you’re not sure if your issue is TMJ, here are a few of the symptoms to look for:
- Clicking noise that happens when you move your jaws open and closed. In some cases you are the only one who can hear it, but in more severe cases others can hear it too.
- Muscle pain and inflammation—if you feel a burning sensation in your cheeks, this could be an indication of a TMJ problem.
- Pain in the joints—people who struggle with TMJ disorder sometimes feel an arthritic pain on the sides of the face that often get worse when chewing or talking.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see Dr. Stone at his office in Wayne as soon as possible for a solution.
What Causes TMJ?
Many people are curious about what causes TMJ. Experts aren’t completely sure, but most believe that it is caused by genetics and the symptoms of aging. It may also be a result of clenching the teeth often or opening your mouth too wide. Patients who have high stress levels also sometimes experience TMJ.
There are solutions available for patients who have problems with TMJ. The first course of treatment is to ice or apply heat to the area that’s causing pain. Taking NSAID medication can also help relieve the discomfort. Getting braces to adjust the jaw or tooth replacements can also help.
Talk to Dr. Stone
Dr. Jonathan Stone is a trusted Wayne, PA dentist who has been providing dental care for over 20 years. You don’t have to continue to struggle with TMJ disorder—call his office at (610) 687-0505 to set up a consultation appointment!
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