You’ve probably heard people talk about TMJ.
But what exactly is it? What they are talking about is the temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as the jaw joint where the bottom jaw connects to the top jaw. When this joint gets damaged, people suffer from pain and discomfort that impacts their quality of life. We work with patients to help them find relief from issues related to jaw and TMJ dysfunction.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
Most patients complain of a headache or an earache before they realize that they have jaw pain. Some people will experience pain while eating, talking, drinking, laughing, and even sleeping. Depending on how severe the symptoms are, people may also have redness and swelling around the jaw, experience radiating pain in their neck, shoulder and upper back, and find it difficult to sleep.
If left untreated, the dysfunction can become overwhelming for some people and might lead to surgery to correct the joint issue. Many people will hear a clicking noise in their jaw when they eat, drink, or talk as well. Over time, the joint tissue can deteriorate and long-term effects can set in, including arthritis. It’s best to treat TMJ dysfunction as soon as symptoms arise to avoid long-term issues and permanent damage.
What is the Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction in Edmond, Oklahoma?
We’ll conduct a thorough assessment and take a history related to your dental health and TMJ dysfunction. Once we have determined that the issue is your jaw joint, we may recommend various treatment options, including an oral appliance to help relieve the stress on the jaw. This might be in the form of a night guard to reduce bruxism (grinding of teeth) while you sleep, as well as alternating cold and hot compresses on the painful areas of the jaw.
Medication may be required to help reduce inflammation and pain at the joint site as well. We’ll work with you to ensure that the muscles of your jaw and face are not hyperactive and do not impact your jaw alignment. We make every effort to avoid putting patients through surgery or other invasive measures, even when the temporomandibular joint dysfunction is severe.
Contact Us for an Appointment Today
Stop living in pain and start feeling better by contacting our Edmond OK dentist Dr. Lembke, who can assess and determine a diagnosis and offer a solution that will finally give you the relief you want. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to restore function and reduce pain in the TMJ area of your body. Contact us by calling (405) 330-6020 to discuss your symptoms and to book an appointment.