Jaw pain that doesn’t go away may be a sign of an underlying structural problem in your temporomandibular joints (TMJs). At Dental Arts of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California, our dentists, provide accurate diagnosis and customized, state-of-the-art treatments for TMJ disorders. Get relief from TMJ pain and discomfort from an expert in the field. Book a consultation online, or call the office today and speak with a friendly staff member.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders occur when you have pain and dysfunction in your jaw joints. On each side of your head, you have a temporomandibular joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. These joints act like hinges allowing you to open and close your mouth or slide your lower jaw forward and side to side.
TMJ disorders can be acute, or you may suffer from pain and other symptoms for the long term. Jaw pain usually occurs due to a combination of underlying factors, such as genetics or the habit of clenching and grinding your teeth due to stress.
TMJ symptoms often include:
If you have a TMJ disorder, you might also experience popping or clicking sounds and sensations when you bite or chew.
To diagnose TMJ disorders, our doctors conduct an oral exam, review your oral health history, and ask about your symptoms. Our doctors also have you perform some range-of-motion exercises, including opening and closing your mouth. Our doctors then carefully press on your jaw to identify areas of stiffness or discomfort. Afterward, our doctors might order X-rays to examine your teeth and jaws.
Treatment for TMJ disorders depends on the severity of your symptoms.
Usually, the following are what our doctors might recommend:
In addition to these treatments, lifestyle changes such as exercising your jaw muscles, practicing relaxation techniques, and avoiding hard or chewy foods are enough to ease the pain.
In rare cases, surgery may be necessary.
Ultimately, the goal of TMJ treatment is to limit pain, encourage jaw function, and improve your quality of life.
If you regularly experience jaw pain or headaches, and they interfere with your ability to work or participate in your favorite activities, it is time to schedule an appointment at Dental Arts of Beverly Hills, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly team member.