Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD, can cause severe pain in your head, neck and jaw. Females seem to have the highest incidence of this disorder, with headaches being the major symptom. The vast majority of the general population suffers from common tension headaches. However, when the headaches are caused by TMJ/TMD, the pain is actually originating in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. Constantly clenching your teeth or grinding them is often the culprit. About a third of the adult population suffers with this painful disorder. Most of those affected tend to be between the age of 20 and 40 years old.
While the pain of these headaches and jaw pain is not life-threatening, it can be debilitating without general dentistry. Discomfort to such an unbearable degree can impact your daily life, causing you to miss out on some of life's pleasures and opportunities. It is not just the headaches that affect you. The constant clenching and grinding will eventually wear down the enamel of your teeth, making your teeth weak and more susceptible to decay and breakage. Many people are not even aware that they have the disorder because it most often occurs during sleep. They experience the symptoms, but if no one clues them in on the fact that they are grinding their teeth at night, the origin of the pain can go undetected.
If you suspect you are experiencing TMJ/TMD, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Testing is available to determine if the source of your pain is the disorder. In the event that it is, Dr. Chun Peng will work with you in creating a plan to treat the disorder and provide you with much needed pain relief. You do not need to continue to suffer with the pain caused by TMJ/TMD because it is a disorder that can be corrected. If you suffer from TMJ or TMD, contact Moores Chapel Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.
FAQs About TMJ Pain
What causes TMJ pain?
There is no definitive cause for TMJ pain as it varies from patient to patient. Oftentimes, TMJ pain can be linked to a jaw injury, arthritis, excessive teeth grinding, or even genetics.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?
The most common symptoms of a TMJ disorder include, clicking or popping in when you open your mouth, facial pain, pain when chewing, or a temporary locking of your jaw.
How is TMJ treated?
At Moores Chapel Dentistry, we take a conservative approach to TMJ treatment. We offer oral appliances in combination with targeted exercises to help reposition your jaw and alleviate pain.