Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder in Lake Orion
Does your jaw ache when you wake up in the morning? You may be suffering from TMJ syndrome.
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular joint disorder. It means that your TMJ joint — the joint, which connects your jaw to your skull — is inflamed causing you pain.
Common symptoms of TMJ syndrome:
- Pain or difficulty while biting/chewing
- Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth
- Dull, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck or shoulder pain
- People feel TMJ pain in varying degrees, and there are many potential causes.
Common causes of TMJ pain:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Malalignment of your teeth
- Jaw thrusting
- Excessive gum chewing
- Excessive nail-biting
- A joint disease, such as osteoarthritis
- Lack of overbite
If your teeth are misaligned, dental work may be required to restore proper occlusion. You may be fitted with a special guard, known as a bitesplint that will keep your jaw from clenching while you sleep – putting an end to jaw pain and discomfort.
Contact us today to learn more about your TMJ treatment options.