Jaw pain can consist of constant throbbing pain in your jaw and cheeks or it could be sharp pains. The pain might even reach down to your temples, neck, and shoulders. Along with jaw pain, you may be experience popping or clicking. Even chronic headaches could be related to an issue with your jaw. Any of these types of issues could be signs that you have a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ is an acronymn for temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the upper and lower parts of your jaw and give it the ability to move. The TMJ joint has one of the most complex movements your entire body because it can move forward, backward, up, down, and side to side. The pain and problems associated with TMJ disorder do not need to be endured forever because there are ways to treat and manage the condition.
More About TMJ Disorder
Malocclusion, which is the misalignment of your bite, can lead to excessive strain on your jaw that can eventually lead to TMJ disorder. Grinding your teeth, known as bruxism, can also put stress on your TMJ. The large nerve that is greatly affected by TMJ disorder is called the trigenimal nerve; pressure on the trigenimal nerve can lead to any chronic and constant pain that you may be experiencing. TMJ disorder may create popping of the jaw, lockjaw, and overall trouble opening and closing your mouth to chew, bite, or speak.
Treating the Condition
A custom-designed oral appliance can be an effective way to treat TMJ disorder and ease your pain. It is designed to offer better support for your lower jaw, which aleviates pressure from your muscles and joints. Restoring the TMJ to the ideal position can help reduce the pain and popping that you may be dealing with. The oral appliance can also minimize bruxism, which can help to stop excessive wear on your teeth and gums.
Jaw pain could be a sign of chronic condition
Dr. Young can help you determine if TMJ disorder is affecting your life. We proudly help patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.