Jaw pain is your body’s signal that there is an issue with the joint which allows your jaw to move. This joint, called the temporomandibular joint, can become inflamed and cause TMJ disorder. Find out more about TMJ disorder and its treatments with Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ or Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder occurs if the temporomandibular muscles and the joint itself becomes inflamed and irritated. TMJ disorder can come from various causes, including misalignment of the jaw, arthritis, teeth grinding (bruxism), stress, and overuse. Though TMJ disorder sometimes responds to home treatments or even goes away on its own, more severe cases require the help of a medical professional to fully understand the extent of the disorder and find the best treatment for you.
Do I have TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder produces some symptoms that are specific to the condition and tell-tale signs that you may suffer from TMJ disorder. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
popping or clicking when you open and close the jaw
- pain in the temporomandibular joint on the side of the jaw
- stiff or sore muscles
- earache/ear pain
- popping sounds in ears
- facial pain
- locking of the jaw joint in the open position
TMJ Disorder Treatments in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
Treating TMJ disorder depends on the severity of the condition. Mild cases of TMJ disorder may respond well to simple treatments like taking over-the-counter pain medications or applying ice packs to the painful area. Eating soft foods and avoiding chewing gum can help prevent TMJ disorder flare-ups. Massage and physical therapy exercises can help your symptoms, along with stress management and relaxation techniques.
Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton offer treatments such as specialized splints (a.k.a. nightguard) and advanced treatments such as Botox (R) to relax tight, painful muscles of the jaw.
For more information on jaw pain or TMJ treatments, please contact Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ or Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ. Call (480) 949-7900 to schedule your appointment in Scottsdale or (602) 944-7199 to schedule your appointment in Phoenix today!