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Pain in Your Jaw Joint? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Have you noticed discomfort where your jaw connects to your head? Has it become difficult to move? Is there a popping sound? If you are affected by these symptoms, you may suffer from temporomandibular pain or a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. TMJ pain can negatively affect your ability to eat or speak in addition to being constantly painful.

There are many things that can cause you to have TMJ disorder. Things such as incorrect posture cause tension in your neck muscles, causing strain on the jaw muscles as well. When the temporomandibular joint becomes overworked, it causes strain and inflammation. A constant clenching of the jaw or if you grind your teeth can also cause this condition. These conditions are treatable.

The treatment Dr. Ariz and Dr. Arami will recommend will depend on how you developed the condition. There are some general steps you should take to help treat the condition at home. Practicing relaxation techniques and regular exercise will help if the TMJ disorder is posture or stress related. A custom splint can also be prescribed for nightly wear to help ease the pain. Warm compresses on the muscle can help to relax the area as well.

If your teeth alignment is the issue, you may need an orthodontic treatment such as braces. Surgery may be needed to treat a TMJ disorder, but this is unlikely.

If you’d like to learn more about TMJ disorder or schedule an appointment, please call our doctors at [practice_name] today to learn more.

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