End Your Chronic Jaw Pain from TMJ
By Inland Oral Surgery
March 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

The facts about TMJ treatments

One of the main causes of chronic jaw pain is inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, also called TMJ. It is the joint connecting tmjyour jawbone to your skull. The TMJ is unique because it is a sliding hinge joint, due to the way it moves. Because of its unique anatomy, the TMJ can become displaced or strained, leading to inflammation and jaw pain. Your oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, Washington want you to know they can relieve your TMJ pain.

You may have TMJ problems if you:

  • Have aching facial pain or an aching pain around your ear
  • Jaw tenderness and pain that doesn’t go away
  • Experience difficulty chewing or have a clicking sound when you chew
  • Experience your jaw locking in place when you open and close your mouth

For relief from TMJ symptoms, your oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery want you to try:

  • Eating soft food and avoiding chewy and sticky foods and gum
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Not to clench your teeth
  • Massaging your jaw muscles
  • Applying moist heat or ice packs to your face

For stubborn TMJ symptoms that don’t respond to home treatments, your oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery have several TMJ treatments available, including:

  • Botox injections into the jaw muscles
  • Corticosteroid injections into the jaw joint
  • Flushing the TMJ (lavage)
  • Prescription pain medications and muscle relaxants
  • A custom-made bite guard or TMJ splint
  • Counseling to eliminate clenching and other bad habits
  • Physical therapy and jaw stretching exercises
  • Applying moist heat and ice therapy

Your oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery want you to know that surgery is usually the last resort in TMJ treatment. It is always best to try conservative, non-invasive treatments like those listed above. The goal at Inland Oral Surgery it to treat your TMJ before it becomes severe. If you have TMJ symptoms, don’t wait because early treatment is essential. Call your oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, Washington and end your chronic jaw pain and treat your TMJ!