Why do i have jaw pain?
Do you suffer from jaw pain? The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly known as the “jaw joint,” assists with basic opening and closing movements of your jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.
do i have tmj?
Many people think that popping sounds in the jaw indicate a TMJ dysfunction, but many times, your jaw functions properly even if a popping sound occurs when you talk or chew.
At Family Dentistry of Neosho, we offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the hinge of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue, or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones while the mouth opens and closes.
Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ. For more serious cases, we recommend alternate treatments.
Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect the TMJ joint position. We also advise LTTA –– Lips Together Teeth Apart. For the most severe cases of TMJ, surgery may be recommended by an oral surgeon.