When chronic jaw pain is a sign of TMJ/TMD

Patients of Pittsford, NY who are dealing with chronic pain and discomfort of the jaw may be dealing with a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The temporomandibular joint, referred to as the TMJ for short, is the joint that hinges the jaw. It allows the jaw to open and close, and contributes to the function of the teeth for eating and speaking. However, when problems occur with this joint, it can become uncomfortable and result in daily pain.

What are symptoms of TMD?

There are many symptoms that may indicate a problem with the temporomandibular joint. The TMJ may cause routine issues including:

  • Soreness radiating from around the jaw joint through to the ears to the neck
  • Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
  • Muscle tension around the jaw area
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Clicking, popping, and snapping sounds from the jaw joint when eating

When these problems exist, it may be an indication that a problem such as TMD has developed. The first step in addressing this is with a consultation appointment and evaluation with the team of DeStefano Dentistry in Pittsford, NY.

What can be done for TMD?

There are several treatment options available for patients with TMD. For some, muscle manipulation and massage can ease mild tension in the jaw joint. For other patients, treatments with an oral appliance that is worn at night can help reduce discomfort as well. During the initial evaluation, Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano will provide a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis before discussing with patients the treatment options available for them. He can make a recommendation depending on the severity of the symptoms and the lifestyle of the patient.

Speak to the team at DeStefano Dentistry

Don’t live another day in pain! If you are struggling with the symptoms of TMJ/TMD and are ready to work with a dental provider to address them, call Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team today at (585) 248-2383 to request a consultation. Our providers are here to help Pittsford, NY area patients with their oral health care needs, including dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint.

Posted in: TMJ / Neuromuscular Dentistry

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