Jaw pain? Seek out Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA for more info on TMJ
TMJ can cause jaw pain
Among many other symptoms, consistent jaw pain is the most common sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ. If you have jaw joint pain, it is important that you see a TMJ dentist such as Dr. benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA who specializes in the treatment for the disorder and it’s symptoms.
About TMJ disorder
The TMJ are the two joints that hold your lower jaw to your skull bone, one on each side. These joints allow your lower jaw to move up and down and side to side. Without those joints working as they are intended, you will find it difficult and painful to eat all but the softest foods. Sometimes, people with TMJ even have trouble opening their jaws widely enough to speak clearly. Being connected to various parts of the face and body, TMJ can cause other symptoms such as neck pain, teeth grinding, headaches & migraines, and many more.
Causes of TMJ disorder
TMJ can be caused by several disorders, injuries or inflammations:
- You may have sustained an injury to your joints in an accident, fight or fall.
- If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you probably have or soon will have a TMJ disorder. This is a very common reason and can be caused by jaw misalignment; a tooth that is higher than other teeth nearby; or, even simple stress expressed during sleep.
- You may have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the joints.
- There may be a dislocation of the discs inside the joints.
- The disorder can also easily be caused by a daylong habit of walking around with a clenched jaw.
TMJ jaw pain relief
Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is trained to help patients with TMJ jaw pain using several methods:
- Something as simple as cold or hot compresses will be able to relax clenched jaw muscles and relieve pain.
- Prescriptions for pain relievers and muscle relaxers.
- An examination may reveal teeth whose upper surfaces are not even with other teeth. Lowering the profile of the tooth or teeth and perhaps fitting them with crowns can help TMJ pain.
- Physical therapy can help achieve a wider range of motion.
- A mouth guard worn at night can help prevent grinding of teeth. The guard will also protect the enamel and tooth structure.
- As a last resort, for severe cases, oral surgery may be necessary.
Relief from chronic jaw pain caused by TMJ is achievable! To begin your journey toward freedom from jaw joint pain, call the offices of Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA and book a consultation.