If you notice symptoms such as headaches, popping, or clicking noises when you open your mouth, or any jaw pain, you might be suffering from TMJ, which is a temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is the flexible joint that connects the jaw to the skull, so you might even feel pain in your ears. Typically, this join is incredibly flexible. But things can sometimes go wrong.
TMJ disorders can be tough to diagnose because they often present as something else, including toothaches or sinus conditions. Your best bet is to have Dr. Kenneth Edwards conduct a thorough examination and take x-rays to find out if the joint is inflamed.
Depending on the results of your examinations, Dr. Edwards might recommend different He will always begin his recommendations with the most conservative treatment available, then work from there if you don’t achieve any relief.
Treatment for TMJ
Some initial treatments might include:
- Heat and ice applied to the affected area
- A bite guard to protect against teeth grinding and clenching
- Relaxation techniques