Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull, and when it becomes inflamed, can cause pain in your jaw and face. Dr. Fay Hu, the dental specialist at Fay Hu General Dentistry, treats patients with TMJ disorders and works to eliminate any dysfunction or discomfort. Conveniently located in Winter Park, Florida, the office offers TMJ treatments, including mouth guards as well as more aggressive procedures. To learn more about TMJ disorders and what Dr. Hu can do for your jaw pain, call the office today. You can even schedule your initial consultation online.
When you have a TMJ disorder, also called a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), your primary symptom is often pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that support the joint and jaw movement.
Beyond jaw pain, TMJ disorder symptoms may include:
While multiple factors can lead to a TMJ disorder, the cause often goes undiscovered. In many cases, various issues simultaneously cause the disorder. Common factors that lead to problems with your TMJ include:
If you’ve damaged your TMJ or have a degenerative disorder, it can cause the joint to erode and slip from its proper alignment.
Specific risk factors make it more likely to develop problems with your TMJ. For instance, those who have connective tissue diseases or certain types of arthritis may be more likely to develop TMD.
You can treat many TMJ disorder symptoms at home without issue. Many people hold tension in their jaw, leading to clenching, chewing, and grinding, which can all complicate TMJ issues and cause pain.
When your jaw hurts or feels tender, rest your muscles by eating soft foods and cutting food into small pieces. Avoid chewing gum, as the repetitive chewing movements can make TMJ pain worse.
When your jaw muscles are sore, applying heat or cold therapy may make you feel better and reduce your pain.
In some cases, TMJ improves on its own without medical intervention. Other times, Dr. Hu suggests different levels of treatments, depending on your specific condition.
When self-management becomes ineffective, Dr. Hu may recommend medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers can help with any discomfort, while muscle relaxants and certain antidepressants can reduce pain and stop jaw clenching and grinding that leads to TMJ pain.
Dr. Hu may suggest wearing a mouthguard when sleeping or she may prescribe physical therapy to strengthen your jaw muscles. With severe cases, she may recommend a more aggressive treatment.
From minimally-invasive arthrocentesis and steroid injections to TMJ arthroscopic surgery and modified condylotomy, Dr. Hu provides the type of treatment you need to relieve your TMJ pain and discomfort.
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, call Dr. Hu’s office today to schedule an appointment. You can even book online.