Everyday stress can cause some people to clench their jaw or grind their teeth. This in turn can aggravate or even lead to TMJ disorder, which is treatable at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL.
The temporomandibular joints are the muscles, tendons, and bones that connect the jaw to the skull. They’re among the most complex in the human body. Usually shortened to “TMJ,” they are frequently associated with serious pain.
TMJ pain can result from stress, from an injury, or from inflammation. It can be on either side of the jaw and may seem to come out of nowhere. When it occurs, it can be painful to bite or chew, or even to talk.
- In addition to pain, you may notice:
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Ear pain
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
What To Do?
If you suspect your jaw pain is TMJ disorder, you can find short-term relief using ice packs on the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers are also good.
You can also choose softer foods, don’t chew gum, and try massaging the area that hurts.
For the longer term, consider a professional diagnosis and treatment, like what we provide at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL. Patients also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, veneers, implants, and much more. Call us to schedule an appointment today! We serve patients in North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman.