Your jaw hurts for the third time this week.
All you did was eat a breakfast sandwich and drink some orange juice. And yet … it feels like you lost a round of boxing.
If this type of thing is happening frequently, it might be a sign that you suffer from a TMJ disorder. It is not pleasant, and the jaw pain may interfere with your life in various ways.
Luckily, there are solutions for this issue, and we might have just the ideal cure for you at Pasadena Pain Management.
Why TMJ Disorders Develop
I wish I could tell you that this really is straightforward. The reality is your situation may be easy, however TMJ disorder themselves can occur for many different reasons.
To understand why they are so problematic, place your fingers on each side of your face just below your ears. Now, open and shut your mouth. The thing you’re moving is the temporomandibular joint or TMJ.
These joints enable you to open and shut your mouth. An issue with both of these could cause problems with your jaw, your facial muscles, and much more.
You may develop TMJ issues as a consequence of a traumatic injury to your face or head. You may have arthritis (because they’re joints) or you may also have an alignment issue with your jaw or teeth.
Among the more common causes is teeth grinding, also called bruxism.
Your TMJ could be the consequence of one of these factors or a combination of them.
What to Watch For
As you can see, TMJ disorders can have various causes. They can cause various symptoms also.
Pay attention to if you are having any of these symptoms:
- Frequent headaches (including migraines) or earaches
- Jaw soreness
- Jaw stiffness or trouble opening and shut your mouth
- Ringing in the ears
- Facial pain or tenderness
- Pain in your neck or shoulders
- Dizziness or eyesight difficulties
- Painful popping or clicking when you open or shut your mouth
If these problems occur when you wake in the morning, this could be an indication that you’re grinding your teeth when you’re sleeping.
Many patients have spoken to us about the ways their symptoms interfere with their regular activities. Some people will avoid lunch with their colleagues as they don’t need to wince or attempt to hide the pain they’re feeling. Parents have also told us they could not enjoy time with their children because their headaches made the noise too much to bear.
Treating Painful TMJ Issues
Most people will experience TMJ issues from time to time. In many cases, you can take care of these problems by yourself.
Pain relievers can relieve the pain. Ice or cold packs may numb the pain and decrease swelling. Moist heat can help loosen up stiff, sore joints. Some folks find that eating soft foods for a couple of days alleviates the problem as well.
If your symptoms do not go away and the condition becomes chronic, it’s imperative that you call our office.
We can analyze your teeth for signs of grinding, such as wear and tear on the enamel of your teeth. We can also evaluate the alignment of your teeth and jaw — and prescribe a course of treatment.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.