The temporomandibular joints (or TMJ) are what connect your jaw bone to your skull. This important hinge joint plays a critical role in allowing your mouth to open and close. The TMJ makes it possible for you to eat, swallow, yawn and speak comfortably. When this joint is overworked or becomes damaged, disruptive symptoms can result. Patients with TMJ problems or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) may experience symptoms ranging from mild jaw soreness to a debilitating loss of jaw movement. Our goal at Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook is to relieve your jaw or facial discomfort and provide a long-term solution to restore your TMJ health.
Because there are several reasons why people suffer from TMJ issues, a detailed diagnosis and customized treatment plan are necessary. While many patients develop TMD as a result of their teeth grinding habit, others suffer excessive jaw strain due to an acute injury, poor jaw alignment or arthritis. Regardless of the cause, you can trust our skilled dental team to deliver effective jaw pain relief in a comfortable environment. We know that by treating your persistent TMJ problems, we are also improving your quality of life.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
An accurate diagnosis is critical to an effective treatment plan for your jaw pain. However, it is first helpful to recognize the symptoms of TMJ and TMD so that you know whether to see a dentist.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following TMJ symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a jaw pain specialist at our Mayfield Heights office:
- Pain, achiness or tenderness in your face, jaw or neck
- Ear pain, especially when you open your mouth wide
- Tension headaches
- Jaw stiffness or feeling locked
- Popping, clicking or grinding noises in the jaw joint
- A feeling that your upper and lower bite aren’t fitting together correctly
- Swelling on the side(s) of your face