Jaw Pain and TMJD

You Can Have Freedom From TMJ Pain

If you’ve been experiencing jaw pain, headaches or earaches, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD. As a certified specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Kothari has a deep understanding of the mechanics of the jaw and he can get to the root of your pain and help you find relief. To learn more about TMJD treatment in Tarrytown, book a free consultation at 914 Smiles or keep reading below.

What is TMJD?

It’s not uncommon for chronic neck and facial pain to be related to TMJD. The jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is located on either side of your face. You use these joints for biting, chewing, speaking and moving your jaw. Frequently, people experience pain and discomfort upon movement. The condition is sometimes mistakenly called TMJ, however, your TMJ is referring to the joint itself. TMJD is common and can affect anybody of any age. In fact, over 35 million Americans suffer from chronic facial pain, including jaw pain and headaches. TMJD affects more than twice as many women, particularly those of childbearing age.

What are the Symptoms of TMJD?

  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
  • Jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or evening
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth, or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • Shifting in the upper and lower teeth, causing them to not fit well together
  • Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found
  • Ear pain, pressure, fullness, ringing (tinnitus)

What are the Causes of TMJD?

  • Arthritis
  • Improper bite (how the teeth fit together)
  • Jaw dislocation or injury
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)

What are My Treatment Options for TMJ Pain?

TMJD treatment depends on the underlying cause of your pain, as well as the severity. While there are surgical options, they are a last resort. Dr. Kothari takes a conservative approach, trying less invasive treatments first. Here are some of the ways he helps his patients with jaw pain:

  • Pain Modification – This may include resting the joint, taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or applying moist heat to the painful areas
  • Relaxation Techniques – Biofeedback or relaxation training may help you manage stress. Dr. Kothari may also prescribe a nightguard to prevent your teeth from clenching or grinding during sleep.
  • Fix Poorly Aligned Teeth – Dr. Kothari sometimes suggests some adjustment, including orthodontic treatment, to correct both teeth alignment and bite.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs and symptoms above, schedule a complimentary consultation at 914 Smiles today online or by calling or texting us at (914) 332-0900. Dr. Kothari will examine you and assess your bite in order to develop an accurate diagnosis. He can then create an effective treatment plan to help you overcome jaw pain.

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