TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain in the area of the lower jaw where the head and jaw connect. The pain experienced may be a result of muscles in the area, problems with the joint, or pain in the face around that area. TMJ disorder can cause severe pain, soreness, and problems with speech. Scripps Rock Dental provides TMJ treatments in San Diego, California, to help alleviate your discomfort and get you back on the path to a healthy, pain-free smile. Call us today at 858-530-0300 to schedule your consultation and learn more about our treatments for TMJ disorders.
Some of the causes for pain and soreness in the area are:
- Misaligned teeth
- Tension from grinding or clenching
Although some of the pain in the TMJ area subsides over time, sometimes the pain will remain. Some steps can be taken to help relieve discomfort:
- Use ice packs and mild heat packs
- Eat soft foods
- Relaxe the jaws – avoid extreme movements or jaw clenching
- Mouth guards/Night guards
- Pain medication
If mild treatments do not work, other options such as surgery or referral to a physician may be explored. Consult with our experienced dentists if you are experiencing discomfort in the TMJ area.