Do you experience chronic jaw or facial pain? Do you suffer from frequent tension headaches or migraines? If so, you may suffer from a TMJ disorder. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint located on both sides of your head, just under your ears. It connects your lower jaw to the rest of your head and is responsible for the smooth movement of your jaw for yawning, speaking, and chewing. When the TMJ becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned, it can result in a condition called TMJ disorder, or TMD. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Jaw pain
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Difficulty opening your mouth very wide
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Clicking, grating, or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
- Facial pain
- Frequent tension headaches or migraines
- Pain in the shoulders and neck
- Ear pain and ringing in the ears
If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to visit Every Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics of Chandler for high-quality treatment. Dr. Kohler, one of our skilled dentists, has received specialized training in how to treat the TMJ. Depending on the cause of your TMJ disorder, treatment may include lifestyle changes, jaw relaxation exercises, restorative dental care, a bite guard or night guard, or another type of treatment.
To learn more about TMJ treatment, please contact our Chandler dental office today. We are eager to hear from you!