There are several conditions that can keep you from experiencing the best oral health possible, and TMJ disorders are just one of them. Also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, this particular condition is concentrated on the jaw. Dr. Reed David and the rest of us at Eagle Valley Dental are here to offer a quick lesson on TMJ symptoms in Gypsum, CO, as well as what you can do to gain relief if you suffer from the condition.

Symptoms

Two of the main indications that you might have a TMJ disorder include experiencing headaches and consistent jaw pain. Additional symptoms include:

  

  • Facial pain
  • Discomfort in your temporomandibular joint(s)
  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw
  • Throbbing pain in or around your ear
  • Difficulty closing or opening your mouth
  • Discomfort while chewing or trouble with chewing

Besides the symptoms mentioned above, you may also experience a grinding feeling or hear a pop whenever you chew or open your mouth. If you even suspect you might have a TMJ disorder, it's a good idea for you to consult with a professional dentist for solid answers.

  

Treatment Options

Thankfully, you don't have to live with the pain or discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. Dr. Reed knows of several treatment options, which can be as simple as using over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) to something a bit more complex, like jaw surgery. Additional treatment avenues include switching to eating soft foods, stretching your facial muscles and using dental splints. If simple at-home remedies aren't enough to do the trick, there are a few in-office treatments that might give you relief, including cortisone shots, orthodontic treatment and physical therapy.

 

Find Out More Today

If you'd like to determine for sure whether you have a TMJ disorder, or if you'd like to learn more about your treatment options, Eagle Valley Dental is here to answer your questions and address your concerns.