Is An Achy Jaw A Sign of TMJ?

If you believe you are experiencing TMJ in Melbourne, Floridathen our staff at Sedaros Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implants wants you to be aware of the signs in order for you to get medical treatment. “Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ disorders, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement,” explained the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom found in patients who are experiencing TMJ. Other symptoms according to WebMD include:

  • Radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Sometimes the discomfort that is caused from TMJ disorders goes away on its own by simply eating softer foods, using ice packs, avoiding yawning too wide and gum chewing, and doing some gentle jaw-stretching exercises. If self-care treatments alone don’t seem to be easing the pain then Dr. Sedaros can utilize various treatments in order to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Sedaros will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with professional care.

The initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of TMJ then please give Sedaros Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implants a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sedaros today.