Do you suffer from TMJ pain? Your orthodontist, Dr. Gregory Ross of Ross Orthodontics in Forest Lake, MN, and Hudson, WI, offers treatments that can relieve pain, headaches, jaw stiffness, and other TMJ symptoms.
Why do I have TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ, affects the hinge joints in your jaw. You use these joints when you chew, talk, laugh, and yawn. TMJ symptoms can occur due to issues with the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves in your jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ can include pain in your jaw and ears, jaw stiffness, a clicking/popping sound when you open and close your jaw, temporary jaw locking, headaches, fatigue, numbness/tingling in your face, pressure in your ears, and trouble chewing.
You may be more likely to develop TMJ due to preexisting bite problems, injuries, arthritis, or a habit of grinding/clenching your teeth while you sleep.
How is TMJ treated?
Your Orthodontist in Forest Lake and Hudson can recommend several treatments that can relieve TMJ pain, including:
- Pain Medication: Over-the-counter pain medications reduce pain and inflammation, while prescription muscle relaxers can relieve stiffness by relaxing your jaw muscles.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Improving your bite can reduce pressure on your jaw and ease your pain and other symptoms. Your "bite" refers to the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. You may have a bite problem even if your teeth aren't crooked.
- Nightguards and Splints: Is your jaw pain and tension worse when you first wake up? You may be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep without being aware that you have this problem. Nightguards and splints offer a simple way to treat TMJ caused by clenching and grinding. These removable appliances slip over your teeth to reduce jaw stress and prevent damage to your teeth.
Need treatment? Give us a call
Ease your TMJ symptoms with a visit to Ross Orthodontics in Forest Lake, MN, and Hudson, WI. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross by dialing (651) 464-6988 for the Forest Lake, MN, office, or (715) 808-8379 for the Hudson, WI, office.