TMJ and Jaw Pain – You Are Not Alone
Millions of people of all ages and both genders suffer from TMJ problems. Some people are suffering with chronic TMJ issues and others are faced with occasional flare-ups. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) represents the joint between the upper and lower jaws and the related muscles. However, problems with the TMJ can negatively impact the teeth, the gum tissue, and even the neck. As a specialist in the head and neck regions as well as the oral cavity, an oral surgeon can work together with you and your general dentist to relieve your TMJ troubles.
TMJ Dysfunction Causes and Symptoms
Most TMJ problems are caused by nighttime habits such as grinding or clenching the teeth as you sleep. Many sufferers are unaware of their nightly habits and become aware of the condition only after experiencing one or more related symptoms. Habitually chewing on hard or chewy foods can also contribute to TMJ dysfunction as well as some forms of jaw trauma.
Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may include:
- Cracking, clicking, or popping of the jaw joint (on one side or both sides) when opening and/or closing
- Jaw joint pain or headaches associated with biting and chewing
- Locking (or the sensation of lockjaw) as your mouth opens or closes
- Excessive deterioration of the teeth or dental restorations
- Chronic morning headaches
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
Customized TMJ Treatment
The causes of TMJ disorders can vary significantly and therefore the ideal treatment can vary as well. With a proper diagnosis, the problems of the jaw joints and muscles can be alleviated through customized therapies and treatments. As a trained specialist, Dr. Nawrocki is skilled in the various phases of TMJ treatment, ranging from simple and conservative treatments to more complex surgical intervention. By considering currently available scientific research and incorporating the most successful cutting edge techniques, our team will provide you with the best solutions to ease your suffering.
A Step Closer to Better Joint Health
To improve the health of your jaw joint as well as the overall quality of your life, contact the office of Dr. Nawrocki today. By arranging an informative and personalized consultation, you can take a step closer to better jaw joint health. Call for your appointment today.