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How your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, can help you with jaw pain
If you have jaw pain, you shouldn’t ignore it—after all, chronic jaw pain is often a symptom of inflammation in the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMJ problems are complex, and often lead to a chronic condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Fortunately, here at our office in Walnut Creek, CA, your dentist, Dr. Frank R. Skiba, offers a wide range of services, including TMJ treatment, to help with jaw pain—read on to learn what he can do for you!
About TMJ and TMD Treatment
The TMJ is a complicated joint that slides like a hinge. Due to its unique movement, it can be easily dislocated, sliding in and out of place. Dislocation can lead to inflammation of the joint, and eventually, to permanent joint damage.
There are several noticeable signs and symptoms you may have TMJ issues. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing:
- Chronic aching pain in your face, especially around your ear
- Chronic tenderness and pain in your jaw
- Difficult or painful chewing or biting down on foods
- Popping, clicking, or locking in your jaw when you open and close your mouth
You can try some simple home remedies if you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above. Consider:
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication
- Switching to soft foods and avoiding chewing gum or sticky foods
- Trying a nightguard if you are grinding or clenching at night
- Gently massaging your jaw muscles and face
- Applying moist heat or ice to your jaw
If you continue to have symptoms and aren't finding relief from home therapies, it’s time to talk with Dr. Skiba. He may recommend:
- Corticosteroid medications to reduce swelling
- Flushing the TMJ, a process called lavage
- Muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, and pain medication
- Custom-fit nightguards or TMJ splints
- Physical therapy and massage
- Laser or TENS therapy
Need relief? Give us a call
Don’t suffer from TMJ pain when effective treatment is just a phone call away. To learn more about your TMD treatment options, call Dr. Frank R. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, today by dialing (925) 934-8149.
Jaw issues like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can quickly affect your quality of life by making eating, speaking, chewing, and swallowing more difficult. But what is TMJ disorder? How can doctors treat this issue? Understanding this condition is key to finding the answers to these questions and, in turn, the best treatments for you. Find out more with Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA.
What is TMJ disorder?
You have two temporomandibular joints which lie on either side of your jaw. These joints act as a hinge which controls the jaw’s opening and closing, back and forth, and side to side movements. When these joints become irritated or inflamed, TMJ disorder occurs. While the cause of TMJ disorder is often unknown, factors like stress, bruxism (teeth grinding), and jaw clenching are often linked to the disorder. Most cases of TMJ disorder are temporary, though some can become chronic.
Do I have TMJ disorder?
While jaw pain and discomfort is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder, other less obvious symptoms can also point to the condition, including:
- popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth
- facial pain
- difficulty chewing
- aching pain around the ear
- pain in one or both temporomandibular joints
- locking of the jaw in the open position
Most cases of TMJ disorder respond to home treatments. However, many cases require the help of your dentist.
TMJ Disorder Treatments in Walnut Creek, CA
If your TMJ disorder symptoms become persistent, begin affecting your daily life, or cause your mouth to lock in the open position, it may be time to speak with your dentist about treatments. Your dentist may suggest prescription or over-the-counter oral medications to help with pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxants can also help the joint function properly. Oral splints and physical therapy exercises and stretches may also benefit TMJ disorder sufferers. In cases of stress causing the condition, counseling or therapy to help lower the instances of stressful situations in your life can decrease jaw clenching and potentially cure the problem. In severe cases, your dentist may recommend injection therapy or open joint surgery.
For more information on TMJ disorder, please contact Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA. Call 925-934-8149 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Skiba today!