Ask any sufferer, and they will tell you temporomandibular joint pain can affect your whole life. Sometimes more than a little pain on the face, temporomandibular joint pain can be a day ending distraction.
Temporomandibular disorder is the official name for nerve pain or pain caused by inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, the hinge joint that lets your jaw open and close. It can manifest as pain in the face, headaches, or even pain in and around the ears.
There are several known causes of temporomandibular joint disorder. Injury to the joint can cause long or short-term pain. Grinding of the teeth can aggravate an already tender joint. Age-related conditions like arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are known joint irritants. Even overextending the jaw can cause temporary pain.
Temporomandibular disorder can last for a short period of time, like days or weeks, or it can last for years. Home treatment includes ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
When home remedies aren’t enough for meaningful relief, come visit our office. We are able to assist with long-term temporomandibular disorders based on the cause of the pain.
Often, the use of a simple mouthguard at night to prevent the damage of nighttime grinding will give marked relief. A professionally fitted dental mouthguard will be more comfortable and better suited to your exact needs than a stock mouthguard you found at the local drugstore or ordered off the internet.
If the cause of the pain is related to an injury or arthritis we may be able to make recommendations to soothe your discomfort or we may be able to refer you to a specialist for additional treatment based on the cause of the pain. Physical therapy focused on relaxing and strengthening the muscles attached to the jaw can sometimes provide relief, as can therapies that stop grinding and clenching habits.
There is no need to suffer from constant joint pain. Come see us for a consultation on how we can best assist you in your quest for a pain-free life.