A Word From Dental Assistant Carolyn: Facial Pain
Do you ever wake up with headaches and neck pain? Do you ever hear clicking or popping noises when you open and close your mouth? These things can be very annoying and painful, but you don’t have to put up with them forever. Many times they are symptoms of a TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder.
The TMJ is made up of muscles, ligaments and the lower jaw bone and there is one on each side of your head, near the ear. Together they allow you to open and close your mouth to chew and speak. Stress, grinding/clenching, misalignment of teeth and injury are factors that can contribute to TMJ disorder.
It is important to see a dentist for a complete exam and dental X-rays to be properly diagnosed before beginning any treatment. Sometimes the dentist will take models and a bite registration of your upper and lower teeth in order to evaluate how your teeth fit together. Treatment can include a night guard (we are having a special on those this month!) that prevents teeth grinding and clenching, orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, and also stress-reducing exercises. Your willingness to follow through with the prescribed treatment will determine how well and how quickly your TMJ responds.
There is no need to continue in pain if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Call our dental office in Columbia, MD today for an appointment. Proper diagnosis and treatment of TMJ can have you waking up refreshed and pain free in no time!