Jaw pain and tension headaches are two dental concerns that we seem very commonly in our dental practice. Often, patients are unsure if these symptoms even qualify as a dental concern. However, it’s important to understand that jaw pain and tension headaches are some of the first symptoms of a TMJ disorder or an issue with the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This joint is essential when performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. As your trusted restorative dentist in Glyndon, MD, Dr. Leah Romay is happy to provide treatment options to patients experiencing a TMJ disorder. Together, we will work with you to figure out the underlying concerns causing your pain and treat them affordably and effectively.
TMJ Treatment in Glyndon, MD
TMJ disorders can be triggered due to a variety of underlying dental concerns. TMJ often occurs in patients who have a history of teeth grinding. Additionally, patients who have severely misaligned bite patterns or missing teeth may develop a TMJ disorder. Any added stress or facial trauma can cause TMJ development because of the sudden interruption in how your dental structures were designed to work together. Dr. Leah Romay will work with you to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding our TMJ treatment options:
What are my treatment options for TMJ disorders?
Your TMJ treatment plan will depend on what is determined to be the underlying cause of your disorder. If you have missing or broken teeth that are affecting your jaw alignment, restorative dentistry services will be recommended to you. If you have a misaligned bite pattern, Invisalign can help correct mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Often, we recommend patients with TMJ to utilize oral appliance therapy, which involves the use of a nightguard to hold the jaw in a healthier resting position as you sleep. Again, this will all depend on Dr. Romay’s evaluation of your smile to come up with a personalized treatment plan specifically for your smile’s needs.
What symptoms are associated with TMJ disorders?
While jaw pain and tension headaches are the most common symptoms, they are by no means the only symptoms of TMJ. Additional symptoms may include earaches, facial soreness, difficulty chewing, or a popping/clicking noise whenever you open or close your mouth. Dr. Romay screens all of her patients for signs of TMJ disorders during regular appointments, but it is good to report any symptoms you may have experienced outside of the dentist’s office during your appointments as well.
My jaw hurts right now. What can I do?
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to prevent jaw pain from occurring. Leave yourself small reminders around your home to relax your facial muscles and unclench your jaw throughout your days. Avoid chewing gum or snacking on excessively crunchy foods while experiencing jaw pain. A cold compress and ibuprofen can help reduce your discomfort as well. The best thing to do for your jaw pain is to call and schedule an appointment to be evaluated for a long-term treatment plan.
Schedule An Appointment
If you suspect you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder or have been experiencing any TMJ symptoms, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Leah Romay at your earliest convenience. We want to see you as soon as possible to minimize any discomfort you may be experiencing.