Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorders can cause pain to the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw because the temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
There are many common symptoms of TMJ to look out for. Multiple signs of TMJ include:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw tenderness
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw clicking or locking
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Dr. Greg Reece in his Charlotte, NC office at 704.486.8911.
Treatment Options for TMJ
There are several options that can help alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders. They include:
When symptoms are mild, there are several at-home options you can try to help alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
- Using a heat pack
However, if your pain is severe and frequent, you can call Dentistry of the Queen City for an appointment with Dr. Reece. He will make sure that you can get the treatment you need.
If you have misaligned teeth and have found that you suffer from TMJ pain, Invisalign may help. However, this option is not good for patients who clench and grind their teeth as a result of TMJ. Invisalign can straighten teeth gradually with a series of clear aligners to correct misaligned teeth and offer a more balanced bite. However, Invisalign cannot stop bruxism.
Similar to mouth guards, oral appliances cover and protect teeth, preventing further wear and tear. Oral appliances can be worn overnight or during stressful situations. The pressure is taken off of the jaw and teeth clenching and grinding are prevented with this device.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you have frequent jaw or facial pain? You may have a TMJ disorder. Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911. Dr. Reece will work with you to find