The TemporoMandibular Joint is the joint that connects the skull and the jawbone. There is one temporomandibular joint on either side of the jaw. People refer to “TMJ” as a disorder which causes pain in the jaw and face, particularly in the muscles that control movement. TMJ disorders can be minor, for example, if caused by a small injury. However, some types of TMJ can be more severe, for instance, when the jawbones and/or teeth do not fit together properly.
It’s suggested that TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of factors including jaw injury, genetics, repetitive movements or certain types of arthritis. TMJ may also be the result of bruxism (a condition associated with habitual teeth grinding). There are several ways to recognize a TMJ disorder.
Jaw tenderness or pain
One of the first symptoms of TMJ is feeling tenderness or pain in your jaw. You may find that the pain is localized to one or both temporomandibular joints, or widespread across your jaw. People often suspect TMJ when they experience unexplained jaw pain; for instance, your jaw is painful despite any occurrence of an injury. For others, TMJ is the result of a jaw injury.
Perhaps you’re experiencing difficulty eating? You might find that your jaw hurts, or makes a clicking sound when you chew? If the problem goes away on its own, you might not have TMJ or require treatment. However, if the issue persists, it’s advisable to see your dentist. For TMJ treatments in Durango Colorado, Mason Miner DDS offers a fantastic dental service.
Facial pain is another indication of TMJ; you might find that you experience aching pain in your cheekbones or around your mouth. When TMJ is left untreated, it’s not uncommon for the discomfort to spread to other areas of your face.
Locking jaw joint
Perhaps you’ve noticed that your jaw locks slightly when you are eating or talking? This is another clear sign that you may have a TMJ disorder. If you experience infrequent jaw locking, it may be a random occurrence. However, if this happens regularly, it’s best to visit your dentist. A locking jaw is one of the most uncomfortable and stressful symptoms of TMJ. For TMJ treatments or advice, Mason Miner DDS can help.
Bruxism refers to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The problem with bruxism is that most people do so while they are sleeping, (not even realizing that they are grinding their teeth). When some people grind their teeth, it wakes them up, which is how they conclude that they may have bruxism. Teeth grinding is often caused by anxiety or stress, and it can lead to a TMJ disorder.
TMJ in Durango
Mason Miner DDS offers excellent TMJ disorder treatments in Durango, Colorado. There are several options for treating TMJ disorder, including ‘trigger point injections’, which are useful to treat pain and calm tense jaw muscles. Botox is helpful for clenching and grinding. TMJ disorders can be a very painful and uncomfortable experience involving frequent locking, clicking or popping of the jaw. Luckily, Mason Miner DDS in Colorado is experienced in treating various cases of TMJ disorder. If you’re looking for relief from TMJ, contact his dental practice today for a no-obligation discussion.