Dr. White Will Relieve Your Pain
Do you frequently experience headaches or jaw pain? Does your jaw make popping noises when you open and close your mouth? You could be suffering from TMJ Disorder (TMD).
TMD can cause pain in your head, neck, ears, back, and jaw. It can even make it difficult to chew your favorite foods. Dr. Sage White will diagnose your pain and design a plan to treat your TMD so you can live and eat without pain.
Symptoms of TMD
Sometimes patients experience pain, but they’re not sure what’s causing it. For example, neck pain is a common symptom of TMD. It may begin as a minor discomfort, but TMD can cause serious pain and permanent damage when left untreated.
You may be suffering from TMD if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Soreness in your TMJ
- Neck, back, or shoulder pain
- Swelling in your face or jaw
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Popping noises when moving your jaw
- Swollen lymph nodes
The Causes of TMJ Pain
You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) — they’re located just below the ears where your jawbone connects to the skull. Your TMJs allow your jaw to perform a wide range of motion when you’re engaged in such activities as talking, yawning, or eating.
TMD is a painful condition that occurs when the muscles and bones that support your jaw are unable to work together properly. TMD can be caused by stress, physical injury, teeth grinding, arthritis, or if the TMJ moves out of its proper alignment.
The Link Between TMJ and Arthritis
People who suffer from arthritis know how painful it can be. The condition affects muscles and joints in various parts of the body, making it difficult to carry out daily tasks. It can also affect your jaw and its functionality.
Arthritis can damage or destroy your cartilage over time, decreasing jawbone density and causing improper alignment that may result in an underbite, overbite, or crooked teeth. Dr. White will check for signs of arthritis in order to provide the appropriate TMD care.
If you suspect that you have TMD because you’re experiencing symptoms listed above, contact us at the Southern Utah Sleep & TMJ Center right away by calling (435) 267-0486. Dr. White will make sure you get the right treatment to relieve your pain. Everyone experiences the condition differently, so we have a number of treatment strategies to choose from.
A poorly-aligned bite is a common cause of TMD. In these cases, we can adjust your bite using occlusal pads on the lower molars and braces on the top. This will correct the issue by repositioning the jaw forward.
Botox is a popular treatment that’s known for enhancing your appearance by removing wrinkles and fine lines. But it also has valuable clinical applications for treating TMD by relaxing tense muscles.
Dr. White may recommend treating your TMD pain and inflammation with medication. This frequently includes muscle relaxers and NSAIDs, which are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Motrin, and Advil.
We can provide you with a customized TMJ splint, which is also known as an oral appliance. This device creates a barrier to prevent your teeth from grinding together.
TMJ pain is often caused when people have crooked teeth, an overbite, or an underbite. Providing braces will fix your smile and gradually shift your jaw to the correct alignment, eliminating your pain so you can live without restrictions.
Dr. White will find the least invasive treatment to relieve your TMD. But it some cases, he may recommend surgery to repair damage to the TMJ and remedy your TMD symptoms. We feature a number of effective surgical TMD treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see a dentist for TMJ issues?
If you start feeling earaches, headaches, soreness in your jaw, or popping noises when you open and close your mouth, contact our office in Cedar City, UT right away. Dr. White will make sure you get the appropriate care.
What causes jaw pain when chewing?
There are several medical issues that can cause jaw pain, including teeth grinding, a misaligned jaw, or damage to your TMJ joint.
Is ear pain when chewing or yawning normal?
You shouldn’t feel pain in your ear when chewing or yawning, and this could be a sign that you have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Should my jaw pop when I chew?
This is a common side effect of TMD. If your jaw is popping, contact us to have your TMJ evaluated.
Can TMD cause hearing loss?
While it’s rare, TMJ Disorder can cause hearing loss. Fortunately, this is usually reversible with the proper treatment.
Can TMD cause muscle spasms?
TMJ pain affects more than just your jaw. It can spread to your neck and shoulders as well, resulting in spasms.
Can TMD lead to sinus headaches?
Pain in your TMJ can spread to your head and even into your sinuses.
What is the best pain medication for TMD?
To relieve pain and inflammation in your TMJ, we recommend taking NSAID pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. We can also prescribe muscle relaxers to treat your symptoms.
Get Your Free TMJ Evaluation
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, contact our office at (435) 267-0486 to receive your free evaluation from Dr. White. It’s time to make the pain go away.
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