The temporomandibular joints are among the most complex in the human body. Usually shortened to “TMJ,” they’re the muscles, tendons, and bones that connect the jaw to the skull. They are frequently associated with serious pain, and treating it is one of our specialties at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN.
The TMJ is a marvel of the human body. It’s a hinge joint that allows free movement so that we can move it not just up and down, but from side to side. That’s how we grind food between our teeth.
TMJ pain can result from an injury or inflammation. When it occurs it can be painful to bite or chew, or even to talk.
In addition to pain, you may notice:
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Ear pain
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
Jaw pain may be one one or both sides of the jaw. It can be the result of an injury; from misaligned teeth; it may be the result of clenching the teeth; or it may seem to come out of nowhere.
What To Do?
If you suspect your jaw pain is TMJ disorder, you can find short-term relief using ice packs on the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers are also good.
You can also choose softer foods, don’t chew gum, and try massaging the area that hurts.
For the longer term, consider a professional diagnosis and treatment, like what we provide at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN. Our TMJ X-ray leads to the most accurate diagnosis possible. From there we can develop a treatment plan tailored to the specifics of your case. Call us to schedule an appointment today!