October 26, 2017

Jaw Pain TMJ Treatment - Rochester, MIIf you have ever had jaw pain or headaches from TMJ in Rochester, MI, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. TMJ is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that connects the skull to the jaw. This hinge allows the jaw to move side to side and up and down so you can perform basic tasks like chewing, yawning and talking.

Although there is no definitive cause of TMJ, many believe that the problems are caused by joint or muscle problems in the face. Injury to the muscles of your neck and head, to the jaw, or to the joint may also lead to TMJ. Other possible causes are arthritis in the joint, stress that causes you to clench your teeth or tighten facial muscles, movement of the disc or soft cushion between the socket and ball of the joint or clenching and grinding teeth at night.

Symptoms of TMJ

Many are unaware that TMJ exists, and just deal with severe discomfort and pain that can be treated. If you notice the following symptoms, you may want to visit Dr. Wolfe to discuss your treatment options.

  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulders, neck, jaw joint area, face or the ear when you open your mouth wide, speak or chew
  • Tired feeling in the face
  • Sudden uncomfortable bite or trouble chewing
  • Swelling on one side of the face
  • Problems with opening the mouth wide
  • Jaws that seem to lock or get stuck either open or closed
  • Grating, popping or clicking sounds when you chew, or open and close your mouth
  • Headaches, toothaches, earaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears or other hearing problems

Treatment for TMJ

At Signature Dentistry of Rochester, we offer several treatment options for TMJ in Rochester MI. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may offer you a night guard or splint, medication or dental work such as braces, bridges or crowns. Schedule an appointment online today or call our office at (248) 243-1039 to discuss how you can live a life free from jaw pain.



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