Suffering from Temporomandibular Joint issues in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ?
Consider making an appointment with Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan of Waterfront Dentistry and let him help you find the end to your jaw pain.
TMJ disorders actually refers to a number of conditions that cause pain and/or dysfunction in the jaw or side of the face or head. These conditions not only cause problems with your overall oral health but often causes a number of annoying and potentially painful side effects and chronic jaw pain. In some cases, TMJ disorders are the cause of chronic headaches and migraines!
Temporomandibular joints are the ball and socket joints on either side of the skull that connect and allow the jaw to move. If it becomes misaligned, that joint and the muscles that surround and connect it can become sore, to the point of causing intense pain. Occasionally the jaw can even become dislocated – in some people the jaw can be stuck or “locked” in one position. If your jaw is locked open, call our office immediately.
Clicking and popping sounds that occur while you are chewing or whenever you open or close your mouth might be symptomatic of TMJ disorder. However, if it is not causing pain or impeding or otherwise limiting or restricting the movement of your jaw movement, it probably does not need treatment.
No one knows the exact causes of TMJ disorders. However, they tend to occur more frequently in people who clench or grind their teeth – particularly while they sleep and don’t know they’re doing it – as well as people who have significant bite alignment issues. People with chronic conditions such as arthritis and people who have suffered traumatic injury to the jaw can also suffer from TMJ disorders.
Treatment options can include, but are not limited to:
- Rest and over the counter pain relievers
- Removable mouth appliances to inhibit teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Prescription muscle relaxers/pain relievers
- Physical therapy
Drs. Sutton and Monahan are experienced with treating TMJ disorders in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Generally, Dr. Sutton and Dr. Monahan will want to start with the least intensive or invasive options but he will help you find the end of your TMJ pain.
Are you ready to end your jaw pain or headaches, today? Call or click to make an appointment with Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan at Waterfront Dentistry in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ.