TMJ pain can prevent you from living the life you deserve. The dysfunction and pain in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull can lead to localized or radiating pain. This is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD. Causes can range from bruxism and malocclusion to stress, arthritis, and jaw injury. Our Los Angeles TMJ pain treatment expert will work with you to identify the underlying cause and restore comfort and function to the joint.
At your appointment, our expert in treatment of TMJ pain in Los Angeles will perform a physical exam to check for any locking, clicking, or grinding in the joint and to determine how well your jaw opens and closes. We will ask about history of any injuries or dislocations in this area. We will also ask about your symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person but often include:
• Pain in or around the joint
• Ear pain
• Pain that radiates in the face, neck, or shoulders
• Headaches or neck aches
• Stiffness and soreness in the jaw muscles
• A jaw that locks
• Tenderness in the jaw or facial muscles
Treatments will generally focus on easing your pain and restoring function. Our Los Angeles TMJ pain treatment expert may prescribe pain or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help you better manage your discomfort. We may also recommend cold compresses, which can soothe the pain in the jaw. Massages, special stretches and exercises, stress reduction, and certain lifestyle changes can also be helpful for many patients. Physical therapy can be beneficial for many because it helps strengthen the muscles that support the jaw.
Los Angeles TMJ Pain
Our expert in treatment of TMJ pain in Los Angeles may prescribe additional treatments for some patients. These may include orthodontic treatment for patients with malocclusions, or bite guards for patients with bruxism. If you have a specific injury or abnormality contributing to the pain or if you do not respond to conservative therapies, we may recommend surgery. Most patients respond well to conservative therapies.
Your risk of TMJ disorder is higher if you are a female, you have arthritis, you have a malocclusion or a bite abnormality, you have a history of jaw trauma, or if you have bruxism. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our TMJ dentist in Los Angeles.