Waking up every day with headaches or jaw pain is not normal, and both are signs that you may be dealing with TMJ problems. Fortunately, there is a lot more focus today on treating TMJ pain, and patients have more questions than ever.
Here are some straight facts from your TMJ dentist in St. Cloud, MN to help you understand what it is, how it affects you, and how we treat it.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and you have two of them, one on either side of your head. The TMJ attaches your lower jaw to your upper jaw and allows for its side to side and up and down movement. These joints are not only complex, but like any other joint, your TMJs can become overworked, sore, and inflamed.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Problems?
When you have a problem with your TMJ, we call it temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Some signs that you have TMD are:
- Tender, sore, or painful jaw joint
- Pain in or around the ear
- Head, neck, and shoulder pain
- Teeth grinding or bruxism
- Migraine headaches
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Broken or worn teeth
- Clicking or popping sounds in the TMJ
How Do You Treat TMJ Pain in St. Cloud, MN?
Your dentist will perform an evaluation that includes x-rays and a physical examination of your face and jaw. They will also check the way your upper and lower jaw meet and look for evidence of teeth grinding or bruxism.
There are several ways to approach TMJ treatment, and your dentist may recommend combining several to provide the relief you need. We first need to give your jaw joint a chance to rest and recover, which involves customizing a nightguard to wear while you sleep. The guard makes it impossible for your upper and lower teeth to meet when you bite down and gives the TMJ a much-needed rest.
Stress also may be a factor, so your TMJ dentist may also recommend relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
Dr. Yang Hua has helped many of his St. Cloud patients find relief from TMJ pain, and he looks forward to meeting with you to discuss your needs. Please call us at (321) 805-3888 to schedule an appointment.