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By Inland Oral Surgery
February 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Are you suffering from jaw pain? Dr. David Gailey in Spokane, WA, know just what to do!tmj


The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects to your lower jaw and to the skull in front of the ear. There are some facial muscles that control chewing also attached to your lower jaw.

Temporomandibular joint syndrome is a disorder accompanied by consistent pain in the area near your ear, jaw or muscles on the side of your face. You may also suffer from a clicking or popping sound and/or restricted jaw movement.

Causes of TMJ Disorder:

The TMJ is subject to various issues, such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Sore muscles
  • Strained tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Disk problems
  • Genes, age, and gender
  • Physical and psychological stress

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • Clicking Sounds — If you're suffering from TMJ disorder, you may hear a clicking, popping sound coming from the TMJ when you open or close your mouth. This is usually caused by a shifting of the disk inside the joint. The clicking may be so loud, someone standing next to you may hear it.
  • Muscle Pain — You may feel pain in your cheeks, where the pairs of jaw-closing muscles are located. If you feel soreness and stiffness upon waking up in the morning, it may be related to clenching and/or grinding the teeth at night. A nightguard may help relieve that pressure, but be sure to speak with your Spokane doctor.
  • Joint Pain — Pain usually comes from one or both jaw joints and would be considered arthritis.

Relieving the Pain

Once your doctors have examined you, they can start designing a treatment plan. Here are some ways they may improve your diet or lifestyle:

  • A softer diet to reduce stress on the muscles and joints.
  • Ice and/or moist heat to relieve soreness and inflammation.
  • Gentle stretching exercises to avoid muscle spasms.
  • Medications and muscle relaxants for pain relief.
  • Dental restorations such as crowns and bridgework
  • Oral surgery

For more information, contact Dr. Gailey of Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, today!

By Inland Oral Surgery
March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Find out if your jaw pain could be due to this surprisingly common jaw joint disorder.jaw pain

Do you hear clicking sounds when you open your mouth? While startling, if the sound isn’t accompanied by pain most people just go on ignoring it…until the aching pain sets in. Those who have a TMJ disorder often experience flare-ups of jaw pain and stiffness. It may hurt to open your mouth wide. You may experience headaches more frequently. If so, our Spokane, WA, oral and maxillofacial s  urgeons, Dr. David Gailey, provide a little insight into this condition.

There are a variety of different TMJ disorders, but most of them display the same signs such as:

Jaw or facial pain: You may find that your jaws ache or hurt more when talking or chewing. The pain may even radiate to the face or shoulders.

A popping sound: When you open or close your jaws, do you hear a popping or clicking sound? Of course, this sound can happen sometimes and doesn’t necessarily mean you have a TMJ disorder. However, if you also experience jaw pain or other symptoms then you may want to seek medical care.

Painful chewing: If you are dealing with an achy, sore jaw, then chances are pretty good that at some point you may find it difficult or even painful to chew or bite your food.

Jaw stiffness: Stiffness is often accompanied by pain, particularly when it comes to the jaw joints. You may even find that it’s difficult to open your mouth fully, and it might even feel as if your jaws lock up on you.

While these tend to be the most common symptoms, it’s not that uncommon to also experience dizziness, ear pain or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). If you’re noticing any of these symptoms then it’s time visit our Spokane oral and maxillofacial s  urgeons for further testing. Talking to our patients about their symptoms can often be enough to make a diagnosis, but sometimes imaging tests need to be performed to check the health and function of the jaw muscles and joints. The sooner you seek treatment for this condition the better!

Don’t let TMJ-related pain keep you from eating your favorite foods. If you’ve been dreaming of biting into a juicy steak but your jaws tell you otherwise, then it’s time you visited Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, to find out how to manage your symptoms.

By Inland Oral Surgery
December 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Do you suffer from frequent jaw pain? You may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition that affects between five to 12 tmjpercent of people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. David Gailey, your Spokane, WA oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery, share information about TMJ and treatment options.

What is TMJ?

TMJ affects the hinge joints just below your ears that connect your jaw to your skull. Bones, ligaments and muscles in the joint work together to open or close your jaw when you eat, speak or yawn. TMJ affects the normal functioning of the joint, resulting in significant pain and other symptoms.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

If you have TMJ, you may develop:

  • Pain in your jaw and jaw joint
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Facial pain
  • Trouble chewing
  • Pain or ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Tightness in your shoulder and neck muscles
  • Headaches
  • Temporary locking of your jaw
  • Popping sounds when opening or closing your mouth
  • A change in your bite (the way your upper and lower teeth fit together)

How is TMJ treated?

If you only have mild TMJ, over-the-counter pain medication, ice packs, jaw stretching exercises and a soft diet may help ease your pain. Custom-made nightguards can stop grinding or clenching that can cause TMJ. If your symptoms are caused by a bite problem, braces can help improve the alignment of your teeth. Your Spokane oral surgeon may also recommend that you wear special splints. These splints gradually improve the alignment of your jaw. Once your jaw is properly aligned, your ligaments and muscles relax and your pain eases.

If you've had orthodontic and other types of treatment and don't notice any changes in your symptoms, your oral surgeon may recommend oral surgery. The type of surgery will depend on the cause and extent of your problem. Surgery is commonly used to remove scar tissue and adhesions, improve range of motion, reposition jaw discs, shave bone spurs or repair ligaments.

There's no need to suffer from TMJ pain. Call Dr. Gailey, your Spokane, WA oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery, at (509) 321-1404 to schedule an evaluation of your symptoms.

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!

By Inland Oral Surgery
September 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

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 TMJhear 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!