Are you experiencing Jaw Pain?
Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw? If you have, you know how uncomfortable any kind of jaw pain can be – leading to headaches, tenderness of the jaw, pain when chewing, and even pain around the ear. Although there are multiple things that can cause jaw or facial pain, Dr. Skrobanek can conduct a thorough exam to determine if you may be experiencing TMJ. If so, he can suggest TMJ treatment options to help get you out of pain.
More about Jaw Pain and Teeth Grinding from The ADA
What is TMJ?
According to Healthline, TMJ is affecting over 10 million Americans.
“TMD is also sometimes known as TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. The joint can be found on both sides of your head in front of your ears. It allows your jaw to open and close, letting you to speak and eat.”
The causes of TMJ are often:
- Grinding and/or clenching of the teeth – putting excessive pressure on the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress – causing your muscles to tighten and clench
- Movement of the disc between the ball and the socket of the joint (a displaced disc)
- Injury to the jaw joint
Other factors can also cause jaw pain, but may not be TMJ:
- Cluster headaches
- Sinus issues
- Tooth pain
- Heart attack
Read more from Healthline: Jaw Pain: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
If you are not experiencing pain or limited movement with your jaw clicking, you probably don’t need treatment for a TMJ disorder. However, if left untreated, the TMJ symptoms increase in number and severity as you get older.
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Symptoms Indicating a Serious Condition
In some cases, a jaw condition can be a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these serious symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Painful chewing
- Locked jaw (unable to open or close)
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Severe bleeding
- Stiffness, spasm
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TMJ Treatment Options and Jaw Pain Relief
For immediate relief of jaw pain, try moist heat or ice packs, over-the-counter pain relief medication, and gently massaging the sore area. To reduce stress on your body, and your mouth, you can also try some stress-relieving strategies, such as yoga, meditation, avoiding caffeine, and avoiding chewy foods.
For TMJ treatment, your first step is visiting the GPS Dental office and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Skrobanek. Oftentimes, by adjusting your bite (the way your teeth come together), many times we can properly align the teeth, muscles and jaws to be in the most comfortable positions. This alignment correction will often reduce or eliminate your TMJ symptoms.
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Other medical treatment options may include:
- A mouth guard
- Botox injections
- Muscle relaxers
- Jaw surgery
Learn more about our services for jaw pain: Jaw Problems and TMJ Treatment in San Antonio
TMJ Treatment Options Available at GPS Dental
Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. Consult with Dr. Skrobanek, the dentist who treats TMJ disorders in the San Antonio area, to determine what type of jaw condition is causing you to suffer. Part of the dental examination includes checking the muscles and joints for clicking, popping, tenderness or difficulty moving.
It’s also important to stay up to date on your cleanings and routine visits to your dentist. In the meantime, having a strong and steady oral health routine – brushing twice a day and flossing once – is the best thing you can do for your oral health!
Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (210) 633-3477 to make an appointment.