Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? Do you often wake up with a sore jaw or headaches? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. When the temporomandibular joints which connect the jawbone to the skull are injured, this can cause pain in the jaw joint and muscles. Dr. Ned Greenberg treats TMJ in Middle River, Maryland. He helps patients with facial pain as well as other painful symptoms caused by TMJ.
Symptoms of TMJ
There are many common symptoms of TMJ to look out for, including:
- Jaw pain
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw clicking or locking
- Chronic headaches
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Jaw tenderness
- Muscle spasms
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Greenberg immediately for care. It is important to receive restorative dental treatment for TMJ as soon as possible in order to prevent symptoms from worsening over time.
Treating TMJ Disorders
There are several options to alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders at-home and in-office:
Patients with mild symptoms of TMJ benefit from care in the comfort of their own homes. Some treatments for mild TMJ symptoms include:
- Relaxing the facial muscles
- Jaw exercises
- Eating soft foods to rest the jaw
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack on the jaw
If your TMJ pain worsens, call Dr. Greenberg. He will help recommend the appropriate treatment for your symptoms.
Patients with misaligned teeth are more prone to developing TMJ. Misaligned teeth create an uneven bite which exacerbates TMJ pain. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth over time. However, Invisalign is not the best option for patients who clench and grind their teeth as a result of TMJ.
Oral appliances are similar to mouthguards and cover and protect teeth from bruxism. This treatment can be worn overnight to take the pressure off of the jaw. Oral appliances also help patients who suffer from teeth clenching and grinding.
Address Your TMJ Issues Today
Do you have any of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders? Call Dr. Greenberg at 410.686.4646 or request a dental exam with him online. Dr. Greenberg serves patients in Middle River and Essex, Maryland.