Mouth and jaw pain can be extremely disheartening. It is very important to be able to speak and eat properly, and when problems arise that make those things difficult, your quality of life can fall drastically. Does your jaw make it difficult to perform everyday tasks? Do you hear a clicking or popping sound when you speak or chew? This could mean you have potentially severe disorder called TMJ, but with help from your Spokane, WA oral surgeon, you can battle TMJ and get back to a pain-free life.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction, is a condition affecting the joint in the jaw and the muscles surrounding it. Though there are many symptoms of TMJ, the following symptoms are the most common:
- difficulty chewing
- locking of the jaw joint
- difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- aching pain around the face and ear
- aching pain and discomfort surrounding the jaw and/or ear
- clicking or grating sensation while chewing or speaking
How is TMJ treated?
Effective TMJ treatment can be as easy as over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen. These can reduce swelling and inflammation, and help relieve pain. Eating different foods that are softer or less sticky can also help in preventing TMJ pain. Hot or cold compresses along the jaw muscles can also be used to alleviate pain. Some sufferers have high levels of stress in their lives. Finding ways to relieve that stress can decrease instances of habitual jaw clenching.
Dental work or night guards may help with TMJ pain by aligning the jaw correctly and helping to form a more natural bite. Therapy such as heat therapy and laser or radio-wave therapy prescribed by your doctor may be beneficial in severe cases. The most severe cases of TMJ require open-joint surgery.
Do you suffer from TMJ pain? Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA can help. Our staff is committed to professional and knowledgable care using the most modern techniques. Call (509) 321-1404 to schedule an appointment today!