Are You Always Tired? Do You Wake Up with Headaches? Resolve jaw pain with TMJ treatment and Dr. George Evans.
What Is TMJ?
We all have temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They are the hinge joints that connect our lower jaw to our skull. However, if you are experiencing TMJ disorder, you could be living with chronic pain and symptoms such as:
- Inability to open your mouth wide
- Jaw pain or pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or ears when speaking, chewing, or yawning
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth
- Jaw gets stuck in the open position
- Difficulty chewing
- Tired feeling in the face or neck
- Ringing in the ears
We do not fully know what causes TMJ disorder, but some contributing factors are:
- Bruxism/teeth grinding
If you are experiencing jaw pain, seek TMJ treatment immediately with Dr. Evans. After a thorough evaluation, he will be able to tell you if you have TMJ disorder and what course of treatment is best for your condition. He can help you identify factors in your life that may be contributing to bruxism, or the habit of teeth grinding, which is frequently a cause of TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder symptoms often go away on their own after a period of rest or taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. However, there are numerous ways to resolve your TMJ disorder, including a safe and easy procedure called an occlusal adjustment.
Sometimes we engage in teeth grinding because our teeth do not meet together properly. One side might “hit” harder when we bring our teeth together. When the balance is off, an unnatural force is exerted upon one small area. The imbalance wears down tooth structure and the force on the jaw inflames the muscles surrounding the TMJ, causing pain and inflammation. An occlusal adjustment, which involves reducing some of the tooth structure to even out the bite, normalizes the pressure placed on the teeth and restores balance to the jaw muscles.
Dr. George Evans has over 30 years of experience and prioritizes the health and comfort of our patients. He values continuing education and has taken numerous courses to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry to best serve you and your family. If you are experiencing jaw pain and would like to learn more about TMJ treatment in Randallstown, MD, please call our office today!