You wake up, and your head is throbbing just like it has every morning for the last few weeks. You reach for the pain medicine …
At breakfast, you sit down to enjoy your meal before work. You take a bite and start to chew, and you know the jaw pain is coming soon …
At the office, your neck and shoulders feel sore. You assume it’s just from sitting at a desk all day and just part of the job …
If any of the situations above remind you of your daily routine, you may have a TMJ disorder. You don’t have to keep suffering. You problem is treatment right here in Southern New Hampshire.
Let the team at Nashua Family Dentistry help you end your pain so you can get your life back.
TMD causes and symptoms
TMD, or TMJ disorder, is a term for problems that start with your temporomandibular joint. This is a ball-and-socket joint that allows you to open and close your mouth when you speak and eat.
Your TMJ problems could arise from one or more of the following issues:
- Bruxism. This is the clenching or grinding of your teeth. Whenever this happens, you put extra pressure on your temporomandibular joint.
This may be your way of coping with stress at work or at home, whether your realize you are doing it. You also could be doing this in your sleep.
- Arthritis. It may not be the first thing you think of when you have a sore jaw, but arthritis can cause an inflammation of your temporomandibular joint just like the other joints in your body.
- Injuries. If you have been injured playing sports, in a fall, or in an accident, this may have affected the alignment of your jaw or the muscles around it.
- Structural problems. You may just have a problem with the way your jaw fits together, which is causing your TMD.
TMD may produce a variety of symptoms, if you have it, you may experience one or more of the following:
– Jaw pain — This can occur while you are eating or after you’ve finished. It may occur while you are speaking (or trying to speak), and it may be a constant pain no matter what you are doing.
– Headaches or migraines — The problems that start in your jaw are limited to that area. Problems with your jaw can lead to frequent headaches, including migraines.
– Neck pain — Again, this is another way TMD may affect other parts of your body. If you neck is constantly sore, this could be because of a problem in your jaw.
– Earaches — Just like your headaches, earaches can be a manifestation of a TMJ disorder.
– Sinus problems — TMD can lead to added pressure on your sinuses.
– Limited jaw movement — You may only be able to open or close your jaw partially. Your jaw can also become stuck in an open or closed position, which can be both embarrassing and painful.
– Popping or clicking — If you hear a clicking sound or feel a popping sensation as you open and close your mouth, this too could be a sign of TMD.
Many of these symptoms can occur from time to time, but if they are a regular part of your life, please seek treatment for TMD as soon as you can.
TMD dental treatment
Other people may not understand the pain you are going through when you have a TMD, but we do. Our team wants you to get treatment as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, we want to examine your mouth. We can recognize the signs of bruxism, and we can examine the structure of your jaw.
Once we understand your situation, we can create a mouthguard that will protect your teeth from the damage of grinding and help your jaw relax.
The mouthguard changes the position of your jaw so it sits in a more relaxed position. This will also help the muscles in your face relax, and that can ease many of the symptoms described above.
Enjoy your life without jaw pain
When you are ready to wake up without a headache, to eat your breakfast and enjoy the delicious food, and get through your work day without neck or shoulder pains, we are here to help.
The Nashua Family Dentistry team wants to use our training to help you feel better, and we can start as soon as you come to see us. Call 603-546-7460 or fill out our online form to make your appointment.
Your pain can end with the right treatment.