How Your Dentist Could End Your Chronic Jaw Pain?
If your chronic headache or jaw pain has been evaluated by a doctor and it seems as though every cause has been ruled out, you may be dealing with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ. At The Cinamon & Hubley Dental Practice in Framingham, MA, TMJ is commonly seen and treated by our dentists, Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley. To find out more about this jaw disorder, read on.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, also known as TMJD or TMD, is caused by a misalignment of the jaw. This can be a anatomical problem present from birth, or it could be associated with a previous injury to the jaw. Stress, teeth grinding and poor posture can also contribute to its development. Because women are more susceptible to TMJ than men, there is some speculation that female hormones could play a role in understanding why TMJ develops.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Most people who have TMJ suffer from jaw joint pain; this pain can radiate to other parts of the face, ears, head, neck or shoulders. They may find that chewing or opening the mouth is difficult, even impossible, and may produce a cracking or popping sound.
How can my Framingham dentist treat my TMJ?
At The Cinamon & Hubley Dental Practice, our dentists have extensive knowledge of the head, neck and jaw structure. This knowledge enables them to diagnose TMJ or rule it out in favor of other conditions which can mimic it. If your Framingham dentist determines you do have TMJ, there are several treatments available. A custom-fitted bite splint may be created; wearing this for several hours a day helps to gently realigns the jaw into a more comfortable position. Many patients also find relief through a series of physical therapy exercises designed to reduce tension in the jaw joint.
If you think you might be dealing with TMJ, please contact the dental office of Dr. Cinamon and Dr. Hubley in Framingham, MA. We'd be glad to set you up with an appointment to evaluate your specific symptoms and address your concerns!