If you experience regular jaw popping or clicking, you may have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. This condition has many side effects that can put a strain on your regular routine, including chronic headaches and difficulty eating or chewing. Individuals suffering from TMJ Disorder, or TMD, experience pain that originates in the jaw along the joint, but can often spread to other parts of the body, as well. TMJ Disorder can cause extreme discomfort if it is left untreated. Dr. Arthur Chal offers TMJ Disorder treatment options that can be customized for each patient’s unique case.
Above, you can see one of Dr. Chal’s patients before and after treatment for TMJ pain. You can see how her face is strained from constant muscle tension. After treatment, she is relieved of pain, which can be seen by her much more relaxed expression. To view testimonials from other patients like this, please visit our TMJ relief page.
What Causes TMJ Pain?
Each patient’s case is different, so the source of TMJ pain is not always the same. To better understand where the pain comes from, it helps to first know more about how the joint works. The temporomandibular joint is located along the jaw, and can be felt if you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth. The motion of your lower jaw is able to remain smooth as it opens because of a small disc that lies between the rounded edges of your lower jaw and the base of the temporal bone.
When you chew, the disc should be able to absorb shock to the temporomandibular joint. When patients experience TMJ pain, it is often due to the jaw muscles being strained or in spasm. However, if the disc becomes damaged or dislocated, it can also be a source of pain. Arthritic changes to the temporomandibular joint can lead to severe pain, as well. The sources of this discomfort can often be the result of trauma, such as a car accident or chronic grinding and clenching of the teeth. Dr. Chal is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing the source of TMJ pain, and can help find a treatment designed to address each patient’s individual needs.
TMJ pain can radiate to other parts of the body, such as the neck or shoulders. Hearing issues are also often associated with TMJ pain, so some patients may believe they have an ear problem. Some other symptoms of TMJ can include:
- Facial muscle pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Hearing loss
- Clicking or popping noises associated with jaw movement
- Jaw locks in the open position
- Inability to open mouth completely
- Jaw joint pain
- Nausea from severe TMJ headaches and dizziness
- Jaw shifts to the side when opened
- Pain when chewing, yawning, or talking
- Face and mouth appear swollen on affected side
- Misaligned bite
- Difficulty swallowing due to muscle spasms
If you notice clicking or popping noises when you eat, yawn, or talk, but do not feel any pain associated with these noises, treatment might not be needed.
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Treatment for TMJ Pain
With a knowledgeable dentist such as Dr. Chal, your individual situation can be properly assessed, so proper treatment can be prescribed. In some cases, re-aligning the jaw to its proper resting position can be achieved with simple treatments such as an orthotic device or correction of a single tooth. Other patients may require more detailed correction through treatments such as a full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Chal is exceptionally skilled and well-versed in treating TMJ pain. He is recognized as an expert in this field, and has trained many other dentists in his methods. He has accomplished much success in producing TMJ relief for his patients. For more information on how our practice can help you, please feel free to contact us.