Do you often wake up in the morning with jaw pain or experience frequent headaches or migraines? Are you bothered by a clicking noise when you chew? If you said “yes” to any or all of these questions, you may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ disorder and what to do if you think you may be suffering from it.
What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a degenerative condition that affects the jawbone and the surrounding area, including the temporomandibular joint — the hinging joint in your jaw that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull bone. TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, including a misaligned bite, bruxism (grinding your teeth), certain dental work and other possible causes.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ symptoms vary in nature, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms can also be temporary or permanent, and may be progressive. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact Dr. Darian Hampton, an experienced family and cosmetic dentist in North Dallas, who can help alleviate your TMJ symptoms:
- A clicking, grating or popping sound while you chew or open and close your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- A jaw that gets “locked” into a certain position
- A restricted range of motion of the mouth
- Headaches or migraines
- Swelling throughout one or both sides of the face
- Jaw, neck, shoulder and / or upper back pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Possible Treatments for TMJ Disorder
Sometimes, TMJ disorder may improve on its own, but this is not always the case. If you need help alleviating your TMJ symptoms, visit Dr. Hampton for help. He offers a range of treatment options that can help relieve your symptoms. In addition, he can refer TMJ sufferers to a trusted TMJ specialist, if necessary.
Treatments for TMJ disorder may include medications such as pain relievers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants or sedatives to alleviate teeth clenching while sleeping. Oral appliance therapy and physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound therapy are also possible treatment options. In severe cases of TMJ disorder that are resistant to other forms of treatment, Dr. Hampton may recommend surgery or injections such as BOTOX muscle relaxant.
To learn more about TMJ treatment or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton, please contact the Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (972) 395-9292.