Do you wake up and have a sore jaw or experience a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? If so, you may be suffering from TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ occurs when the jaw joint is misaligned. This condition can be very painful, but there are many treatment options available to those that suffer from TMJ.

Causes of TMJ:

  • Trauma
  • Grinding Your Teeth
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

There may be other causes for TMJ than the list above. Some causes of TMJ aren’t always known. If you suspect that you have TMJ, you should visit your dentist for an evaluation.

There are many signs and symptoms of TMJ and a few of them include:

  • Pain in the face and joints of the jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Jaw popping or locking

You should contact Exquisite Smile if you experience any of the above. The professionals at Exquisite Smile can help determine if the pain you are having is from TMJ. Our dentists are experts in diagnosing TMJ and can help alleviate the pain and soreness that TMJ cause. Simple tests such as X-rays, and a mouth exam can show your dentist what is causing your jaw soreness and pain.

There are many methods that can help alleviate the pain from TMJ. Some are remedies that you can do at home and others need to be administered by a dental professional. Before trying any of these treatments, be sure to consult with your dental professional. Some ways of treating TMJ are:

  • Over the counter anti-inflammatories
  • Eating soft foods
  • Prescribed medications
  • Night guards
  • Botox Injections
  • Physical Therapy.

Exquisite Smile is here to help with treatment options for TMJ. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth or experiencing severe jaw pain, the dentists at Exquisite Smile can help.