Factors That Contribute To TMJ
The main cause of TMJ syndrome is still unknown, but scientists believe that the symptoms are a result of problems in the muscles of the jaw or with parts of the joint.
Known factors that contribute to TMJ include:
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Relief from Jaw Pain with TMJ Treatment in Chandler, AZ
Jaw pain and headaches can be the signs of a deeper problem, such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD is a condition which impacts the jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and facial muscles. If you have jaw pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. William Walden for TMJ treatment. Dr. Walden can alleviate your pain with several non-aggressive treatments. While the cause of TMD is largely unknown, there are several factors that may place you at risk of developing this condition, including:
- Injury or trauma to the face and jaw
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Certain medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms of TMD
While TMD more commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 40, it can strike at any time, and disappear just as quickly. Spontaneous TMD symptoms may include:
An inability to open or close the mouth, also known as lock jaw
Clicking or popping noises when the jaw opens
Facial or jaw pain and tenderness
Ringing in the ears or earaches
Toothaches and facial swelling
Shoulder and neck pain
Pain while chewing, yawning, or speaking
The jaw pain and other symptoms of TMD can subside, in time, as the jaw is rested. However, non-aggressive home therapies may be suggested to expedite the process, such as warm compresses or temporary soft food diets. Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken to reduce swelling or pain.
If jaw pain persists, Dr. Walden may recommend stretching exercises for the jaw and facial muscles as well as the use of a nightguard. As bruxism can be a catalyst for TMD, preventing teeth grinding is critical. A nightguard, which looks similar to a mouth guard worn in sports, can comfortably and easily keep you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
For more severe cases of jaw pain, cortisone shots may be administered in our office and joint replacement surgery, while not common, may be recommended.
For more information on treating disorders of TMJ in Chandler, AZ, contact Dr. Walden today.