Since your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw to your skull, you use them for eating, speaking, yawning, and many more activities. Given this, it’s not surprising they can become irritated. This can result in a TMJ disorder, which causes jaw pain and many other uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, our dentists can help you with TMJ treatment in Cary.Pain Relief for Your Jaw and Teeth Read Transcript
Chronic jaw pain from the TMJ joint is a problem because it can be very uncomfortable. They can't open very wide, or when they do chew, it hurts or makes noises. Treating the TMJ will relieve a lot of that discomfort that they're having. It can also lead to muscle pain, headaches, keeping them awake at night. So a lot of people do have problems with the TMJ. But if you can relieve that, then they are much more comfortable and usually they are much happier, because they don't have to deal with that discomfort any longer.
Our treatment will:
- Ease pressure on your jaw so it has a chance to heal
- Keep you from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, two habits often linked to TMJ disorders
- Stop TMJ symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, and earaches
- Keep pain from spreading from your jaw and face to other areas
- Make eating and similar activities comfortable again
If your jaw is bothering you, ask us about it at your next dental exam. If you’d rather not wait, call us today at 919-460-0963. If you’re a new patient, you’ll pay just $85 for an exam, including X-rays.
Ease Pressure on Your Jaw With a Mouthguard
The exact cause of TMJ dysfunction isn’t known. However, many of those who suffer with TMJ problems grind their teeth and/or clench their jaw, often in their sleep. During your exams, our dentists will look for evidence of a grinding habit, which can also damage your tooth enamel.
They may recommend a custom-made mouthguard that will:
- Help you sleep better throughout the night
- Let you wake up feeling rested and pain-free
- Relieve pressure on your jaw so your TMJ can heal
- Prevent dental sensitivity related to grinding
- Stop damage caused by grinding, such as chipped and worn enamel
We now offer BOTOX® treatment for bruxism. A dose of BOTOX will relax your jaw muscles so that they cannot engage in destructive (and often unnoticed) clenching and tension, which result in pain and headaches. This is a great option for our patients who struggle with TMJ disorder. It will also provide a slimmer jawline by relaxing the muscles in your face.
Don’t Ignore Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder
Chronic jaw pain is a definite sign you may have a TMJ disorder, especially if you also experience any of these other symptoms:
- Jaw that becomes “locked” in place
- Facial swelling and tenderness, especially around the jaw
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Frequent headaches