Relieve Your Jaw Pain with Dr. Foust
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects both sides of your skull to your lower jaw. When you develop issues with this joint, it’s referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
The most common symptom of TMD is recurring stiffness or pain in the jaw. If you’re experiencing this, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Foust so he can determine if you suffer from TMD.
Causes of TMD
There are many factors that can contribute to TMD. Some of the most common are:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism
- Dislocated disc between the ball and socket of your TMJ
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your TMJ
Symptoms of TMD
If you suffer from TMD, you may experience a wide range of symptoms that range in severity. Some of these include:
- Stiffness or pain in your jaw
- Limited jaw mobility, or lockjaw
- Facial swelling and pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Neck pain
- Change in bite alignment
- Earaches or tinnitus
There are a few different options for treating TMD, depending on the severity of your condition. Dr. Foust will likely suggest trying at-home remedies first, such as applying heat and ice to your jaw, and using over-the-counter pain medications.
If your symptoms continue, we can customize a mouthguard just for you. These small plastic appliances are worn overnight to keep a space between your upper and lower arches, preventing you from clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep.
When you first start wearing your mouthguard, you may feel mild discomfort for the first few days. However, this will quickly dissipate as your jaw adjusts to the appliance.
Frequently Asked TMJ Questions
When should I see a doctor for TMJ?
You should see a doctor for your TMJ disorder as soon as your symptoms persist and you notice swelling or tenderness in your jaw.
What causes jaw pain when chewing?
Generally, jaw pain caused by chewing is due to poor alignment of the teeth or jaw. This can cause sensitivity to your teeth which results in dificulty chewing.
Is ear pain when chewing or yawning normal?
Swallowing or yawning opens the Eustachian tube in your ear which allows air to flow in and out of it. If the tube is blocked, the air pressure in the middle ear is different than the pressure on the outside of the eardrum, which causes pain when you chew or yawn.
Should my jaw pop when I chew?
Chewing regularly should not cause your jaw to pop. If occurs anytime you chew, it’s often a sign of TMJ disorder.
Can TMJ cause hearing loss?
TMD can cause hearing loss as well as ear pain and ringing in the ears. Luckily, once your TMD is diagnosed and associated with your hearing loss, it can be reversed and treated.
Can TMJ cause muscle spasms?
Yes, TMJ disorder can cause muscle spasms as it will often overstretch your joints and muscles.
Can TMJ lead to sinus headaches?
Some sufferers of TMD will experience sinus pain and pressure but no signs of infection.
What is the best pain medication for TMJ?
The best pain medication to take with TMJ disorder include:
- Acetaminophen like Tylenol
- NSAIDs like Advil or Ibuprofen
- Muscle relaxants like Valium
- Tricyclic anti-depressants like Elavil
- Corticosteroids like Kenalog
Visit Dr. Foust for TMJ Treatment
If you suffer from persistent jaw pain, we can provide the relief you’re looking for.
Contact our practice in Gibsonia today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Foust. He’ll determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and find the ideal treatment solution for you.