If you routinely find yourself having headaches and jaw pain, you may have TMJD. The temporomandibular joint disorder occurs with the joint in your jaw becomes irritated or damaged, and can cause neck, jaw and head pain. If you frequently experience discomfort in your jaw, neck, head or have headaches, come in to see Dr. Hoffpauir today for an examination.

Symptoms of TMJD include:

  • Pain in your jaw.
  • Discomfort in your neck.
  • Ringing ears.
  • Feeling stuffy in your ears.
  • Pain occurring in your ears.
  • Swollen jaws.
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area.
  • Teeth that don’t mesh upon chewing.
  • Limited jaw range of motion.

The Causes of TMJD Pain

TMJD pain is caused by a jaw or TMJ that isn’t working correctly for one reason or another. Some of the causes of this head and jaw pain include:

  • Having crooked teeth. Crooked teeth may not fit together appropriately, causing you to have jaw pain. Once your teeth are straightened, your jaw pain and TMJD are eliminated — an injury to your jaw. If you’ve had a recent accident that has damaged the jaw joint or the muscles around the jaw, you may have TMJD as a result of the injury. If you have an injury to your jaw, please see us for an evaluation of the damage done right away.
  • Grinding your teeth. Many times, a person is not aware that they are grinding their teeth in their sleep. Wearing a jaw splint or other mouth guard device created especially for your problem will relieve stress to your jaw.
  • Jaw arthritis. If you have arthritis in your hands, neck or other joints in your body, you may also have jaw arthritis and pain in your TMJ. Our dentist will find the right treatment for your jaw arthritis to reduce or eliminate your jaw pain due to arthritis significantly.

Jaw Splints

Our dentist can create a jaw splint for you to wear on your lower or upper teeth to prevent stress to your jaws and your TMJ. This plastic mouth guard fits right over your teeth and keeps you from grinding your teeth. It also holds your jaws in a position where your jaw joint is much more comfortable, too.

To learn more about TMJD and its various treatments, contact our office today.

We look forward to relieving your TMJD pain and helping your symptoms disappear.