The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint and has many muscles controlling it. Many people experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be sharp right in the area of the joint, or it may feel like an earache. It may be persistent, and often severe, headaches result. People with TMJ problems may also experience muscle spasms in the neck, back, or shoulders.
A bad bite, or persistent grinding or clenching of teeth, can cause TMJ dysfunction. Grinding and clenching seems to be related to stress. Correcting a poor bite and reducing stress in our lives would be ideal options, however we often need relief immediately. That’s where TMJ therapy from Dr. Tad Morgan in Flint, Texas comes in. Serving the entire Tyler, Texas area, Dr. Morgan can help alleviate your TMJ dysfunction with TMJ therapy that involves an intraoral appliance.
Basically grinding, clenching, and a bad bite cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked, they get fatigued, and they go into spasm. That is when the pain begins. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain, as well as massage of the muscles, moist heat, and even physical therapy.
TMJ dysfunction can be worsened by biting your fingernails or chewing gum, so try to avoid these habits if you're suffering from symptoms of TMJ dysfunction.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is not wise to ignore them or attempt to cope with them on your own. It can get worse without warning, and permanent damage to the joint can result, which may require surgery. The best thing to do is call our Tyler-area dental office immediately to be evaluated and get you on the road to recovery and relief.
Contact our Tyler-area dental office today if you’re experiencing chronic headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, or symptoms of TMJ dysfunction such as clicking or popping of the jaw. You don’t have to live in constant discomfort or pain. We happily see people from all over East Texas including Tyler and Bullard at our Flint dental office.