Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause pain and tenderness in the jawbone, as well as in the muscles that control jaw movement. Some causes of TMJ disorders include genetics, arthritis, injury and the grinding of one’s teeth. The pain associated with TMJ disorders is often temporary, and it can usually be treated with non-surgical methods.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, the dental health specialists at Dental American Group can perform an examination to see if this is indeed the case. The examination is very simple, and it usually involves the following steps:
- Listening to and feeling the jaw as the mouth is opened and closed
- Measuring the range of motion of the jaw
- Pressing areas on or around the jaw to identify sites of discomfort
In some cases, the pain associated with a TMJ disorder will go away on its own; however, some cases may require special methods of treatment. If your oral care specialist suspects that you have a TMJ disorder, you may be prescribed one or more of the following:
- Pain Medication
- Muscle Relaxants
- Physical Therapy
- Mouth Guards
If you are experiencing jaw pain and you would like to learn more about TMJ disorders, please contact us to set up a consultation at one of our six locations across south Florida. Please call us at (786) 320-7554 to schedule an appointment.