Jaw Pain – TMJ Treatment
Aside from the teeth and the gums, jaw pain is often caused by disorders of the jaw joints or the supporting musculature and soft tissue. These conditions are collectively referred to as TMJ. Our San Marcos TMJ dentist has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ. Are you currently having problems? Use our quick TMJ Screening form to see if you suffer from TMJ.
TMJ – Diagnosis
The correct diagnosis is key. Even though most (about 95%) of all pain in or around the mouth is related to either the teeth or the gums, there are times when the symptoms indicate another type of disease. This disease can affect the jaw joints, the chewing muscles, and the nerves that supply them. Of all the dentists practicing today less than 10% have the training to diagnose and treat these disorders.
Signs & Symptoms
TMJ symptoms take time to develop and are different amongst patients. This process may also be sped up by a traumatic event like an auto accident. Most patients don’t notice that their jaw joints make noise and clanking sounds. They only notice something is wrong when they have some pain or discomfort and cannot function normally, like chewing their food. Sometimes they get misdiagnosed as having a bad tooth or needing a root canal. And this is because of an inadequate diagnosis.
The most common signs of this group of disorders are:
- difficulty opening or closing
- limited range of motion
- chewing difficulty
- jaw pain
- sore and tired jaws
- clicking joints
TMJ Treatment – Nightguard – Botox
Most often TMJ therapy involves the use of a very specialized type of dental splint. However, TMJ can at times be treated with Botox. This medication has been shown to be effective in treating a number of ailments. Can you benefit from Botox? Take our quick Botox survey and receive a $20-Off Voucher for your first Botox session.
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If you have TMJ symptoms or simply want more information, follow this link to learn more about TMJ disorders, headaches and sleep apnea.