Relieve Your Jaw Pain in Hewitt, TX
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects both sides of your skull to your lower jaw. If you develop issues with this joint, the condition is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
TMD can lead to pain and stiffness in your jaw, among many other issues. Explore our guide to learn more about this disorder and how our dentists can treat it.
Causes of TMD
Some of the most common contributing factors to TMD include:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism)
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the joint
- Dislocated disc between the ball and socket of the joint
- Missing teeth
Symptoms of TMD
TMD can result in a range of debilitating symptoms, some of which are:
- Recurring pain or stiffness in the jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Difficulty moving your jaw (lockjaw)
- Facial swelling and pain
- Change in bite alignment (malocclusion)
- Neck pain
- Earaches (tinnitus)
Treatment Solutions for TMD
Depending on your case, TMJ disorder can be treated in a variety of ways. The most common solution is a customized mouthguard that you wear overnight. This helps to prevent you from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw while you sleep.
If missing teeth are causing your bite to shift out of alignment, dental implants can restore strength and density to your jawbone. In more extreme cases, your condition may require surgical intervention, orthodontic treatment, or a combination of the two.
Rest assured, we’ll always attempt every possible solution before committing to surgery. It’s always our goal to find the quickest, least invasive way possible to relieve your symptoms. In the event that surgery is necessary, our dentists will prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see a doctor for TMJ?
If your jaw pops and causes pain to you throughout the day, we recommend coming in to have your TMJ evaluated. Even mild cases of TMJ can progress to become severe over time and interfere with your ability to eat and chew.
Our dentists at Central Texas Dental Care can determine the extent of your TMJ issues and provide treatment so you can live your life without pain.
What causes jaw pain when chewing?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on both sides of your head, near your ears. These joints help your jaw to open and close when you eat, speak, and yawn.
If something happens to affect your TMJ, you may end up with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Your TMJ can be affected by a variety of factors, including arthritis, an accident, or stress.
Is ear pain when chewing or yawning normal?
No, ear pain when chewing or yawning isn’t normal. This can be a sign of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). A TMD can lead to jaw popping, clicking, and pain when you open your mouth. Many people who have it notice it most often when chewing food or yawning.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on either side of your head, around your ears. When your TMJ has a disorder, your ears may also be affected due to their proximity. Treatment for TMD can also help reduce your ear pain.
Should my jaw pop when I chew?
Jaw popping is a common sign of a TMD, but jaw popping can also be benign. If you’re affected by the other signs of TMD, especially pain, we highly recommend coming in to see a dentist. We can determine the severity of your TMD and provide treatment.
Even if your jaw popping isn’t TMD or if it’s mild TMD, it’s possible for it to become more severe over time. Beginning treatment while your symptoms are still tolerable can prevent you from experience more serious symptoms in the future.
Can TMJ cause hearing loss?
Yes, TMJ issues can lead to hearing loss. Your TMJ are on either side of your head, located near your ears. If there’s an issue with your TMJ, you may experience hearing loss due to the proximity.
The good news is that treatment for TMD may help you to regain your hearing. As the stress on your TMJ is relieved, the condition of your ears will also likely improve. Your hearing may change depending on the severity of your TMD and your treatment options.
Visit Central Texas Dental Care for TMJ Therapy
Do you experience frequent pain in your jaw or recurring migraines? It’s possible that you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, call our office in Hewitt at (254) 666-1686 and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.