"I Have Constant Jaw Pain... What Can I Do?"
What is TMJ Disorder?
Located at the places where your jaw meets your skull can be found the Temporomandibular Joints. These sliding hinges help you speak and chew- anything that involves the use of your mouth throughout the day. There are a series of conditions that affect these joints are listed under the umbrella of “Temporomandibular Disorder” or TMD. What these conditions have in common is causing pain in the joint that controls the movement of the jaw.
What Are The Root Causes?
- Injuries to the jaw
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- A painful or tender jaw
- Pain in the temporomandibular joint on one or both sides
- Pain that occurs when you chew
- Having problems chewing that don’t include pain
- Aching pain in the face
- Difficulty closing or opening your jaw due to the joint locking.
TMJ Disorder Treatments
The first thing we’re going to do is listen to the joint while you open and close your mouth.
We’ll also do tests to determine your jaw’s range of motion and apply pressure to sites around the jaw that cause discomfort or pain. The different types of tests include:
- CT Scans
- TMJ Orthoscopy (inserting a camera through a thin tube known as a cannula to determine the cause of your symptoms.)
There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that are helpful in treating some TMJ disorders, such as:
- Muscle relaxers
- Anti-inflammatory drugs