Have you experienced constant jaw pain, especially when trying to open and close your mouth? Are you concerned grinding your teeth at night may have an impact on your oral health? Do you occasionally experience difficulty or pain when chewing? You may be experiencing TMJ, a common condition that affects the joints connected to your jawbone. Explore treatment options and learn more about this condition during a consultation with our team at Brevard Smiles at either of our Florida offices in Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge.
What Is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, refers to the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. It also refers to the condition related to pain or immobility of this joint.
Common signs of TMJ include:
- Clicking sound made by jaw
- Difficulty with or pain when chewing
- Facial pain
- Grating sensation when moving jaw
- Jaw joint and muscle pain
- Jaw popping when you open and close your mouth
- Joints of your jaw locking when you open and close your mouth
- Tenderness of the jaw
TMJ is commonly caused by arthritis, genetics or a jaw injury. While it does not directly cause it, it is often related to people who commonly clench their jaw or grind their teeth.
TMJ can be painful, and it can be frustrating. It is important to seek care if you are frequently experiencing any of the symptoms above.
What Are My Treatment Options?
While TMJ is a common condition, it is often very treatable, and usually with non-surgical solutions!
One of the most common ways to treat TMJ is with the help of painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications. Other medications, such as muscle relaxers, may be recommended.
Another popular non-surgical option is wearable devices, such as oral splints or mouth guards. Physical therapy may also be recommended.
It is important to remember results will vary for each person and treatment option. If you do not see the results, it may be necessary to take a surgical approach. It is important to have open communication with our team in Florida about what is and is not working for you.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you are suffering from TMJ, you could likely benefit from treatment! A consultation our team in Florida can help diagnose this condition as well as assist you in further understanding what it entails.
There are a variety of non-surgical treatment options available, and a consultation with our team can also help you determine which is the best option for you.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Frustrated with jaw and joint point? Contact us today at Brevard Smiles and schedule a consultation to discuss TMJ! Dr. Glenn LoSasso, DDS, and his team proudly serve Florida with offices in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge. Learn more about this condition and how to improve your daily life with pain management options!