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By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
September 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

If you regularly experience jaw pain but do not know the cause, you could have TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a problem with the tmjtemporomandibular joint. There are two of these joints, one on either side of the jaw. When one or both of these joints becomes irritated, pain and discomfort can result, and in some cases chronic headaches and migraines. The good news is there are treatments that can help. In Scottsdale, AZ TMJ treatment is offered by Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a condition in which the temporomandibular joints become irritated, causing jaw pain and discomfort. The temporomandibular joints are the two points on either side of the face where the jawbone connects to the skull. When one or both of these joints become irritated, you might experience a locked jaw and be unable to fully open your mouth. TMJ disorder can be caused by a jaw injury, stress, arthritis, persistent grinding of the teeth or persistent clenching of the jaw.

Symptoms of TMJ

The pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder can be felt in areas beyond the jaw, such as the head, neck, eyes, ears and mouth. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • A locked jaw sensation
  • Inability to fully open the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
  • Grinding up the jaw joints
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the temple area
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Ear aches or pain not caused by an infection
  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • Frequently clenching or grinding the teeth

Treatment of TMJ

There are several treatments for TMJ disorder. The pain and discomfort associated with a TMJ flare-up can be alleviated with heat therapy, ice therapy or pain medications. Another option is to be fitted for an orthodontic Gelb appliance, which is a device for correcting jaw alignment. When jaw alignment is improved, the temporomandibular joint should not move out of place or become irritated as easily. In Scottsdale, treatment for TMJ disorder is available at Waterfront Dentistry.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, the cause could be an irritated temporomandibular joint. For TMJ treatment in Scottsdale or Phoenix, AZ, schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan by calling Waterfront dentistry at (480) 949-7900 for the Scottsdale office or (602) 944-7199 for the Phoenix office.

By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
September 27, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

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 tmjto 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
  • Surgery

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.



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