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By Miracle Dental Center
October 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Learn about the cause of your jaw pain from your Cooper City and Pembroke Pines area dentist.jaw pain

Many adults suffer from chronic jaw pain. As there are many potential causes of jaw discomfort, correct diagnosis is vital. Your doctor needs to identify the exact cause of your pain in order to provide the best course of treatments. Miracle Dental Center in Cooper City, FL, and serving Pembroke Pines offers a complete range of dental services. Read on to learn about the causes of jaw pain.

1. TMJ Disorder

The most commonly reported cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ disorder is a condition related to the temporomandibular joint, which is a joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ disorder can cause pain in the jaw, neck, face, or head; clicking or popping sounds when closing and opening the mouth; and a jaw that can be locked shut or locked open. Examples of TMJ treatments include: medications, TMJ exercises, stabilization splints, orthodontics, and surgical procedures.

2. Teeth Grinding

Occasional teeth grinding, or bruxism, doesn't usually cause harm, but when it happens on a regular basis, the teeth can be damaged and further complications can arise. A sore jaw or a dull, constant headache are telltale symptoms of bruxism. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, see your dentist. Based on your dentist’s diagnosis, one or more treatments may be recommended.

3. Abscessed Tooth

A tooth abscess is an infection at the root of a tooth or between a tooth and the gum. It's most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. An abscessed tooth causes swelling around the tooth, leading to tissue destruction and jaw pain. Talk to your dentist if you have jaw pain and an abscessed tooth. The infection can spread to your jawbone, causing further complications.

4. Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can result in pain in the jaw area. Gum disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Symptoms of gum disease may include bleeding gums, gum recession, swollen gums, and bad breath. Treatments for gum disease may include scaling and root planing, antibiotics, or surgical treatments. Periodontal disorder is a progressive disorder that if left untreated will get worse over time.

Leave your jaw pain behind. Call Miracle Dental Center at 954-885-9560 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Cooper City, FL and serving the Pembroke Pines area. Get your life back on track by receiving the best jaw pain treatment available.

By Miracle Dental Center
July 23, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   tmd  
AnsweringCommonQuestionsonTMJDisorders

You have probably heard a lot of people talk about TMJ disorders, but do you know what it all means? How do you know if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder?

Below are answers to some common questions about TMJ disorders.

What is a TMJ disorder?
First, we should explain that TMJ actually refers to the Temporomandibular Joint, which is the formal name for your jaw joint(s). TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorders, which is the correct name for the muscle and/or joint symptoms that commonly arise when there is TMJ pain and dysfunction. You may have heard people refer to the actual disorder as TMJ, but this name is incorrect.

When I experience TMJ pain, what exactly is happening?
Let's first understand all of the parts that play a role in your pain. The temporomandibular joints connect your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull on both the left and right sides, which makes the lower jaw the only bone in the body with completely symmetrical joints at both ends. There is a ball-and-socket relationship between your jaw and your skull on both sides, but the unique part is the presence of a cushioning disk between the two surfaces in each joint. Each TMJ has a disk between the ball (condyle) and socket (fossa), and this sometimes ends up being an especially important area when trouble arises.

So, how do I know if I have TMD?
You can never be absolutely sure, but here are some symptoms you should be sure to share with us during your examination:

  • Clicking. You may experience a clicking sound in the jaw, usually due to a shift in the position of the disk inside the joint. However, if you do not have pain or limited jaw function, this symptom may be insignificant.
  • Muscle Pain. The next symptom is jaw muscle pain, usually in the cheeks or temples. If the muscle is sore or stiff in the morning, this pain is usually related to clenching or grinding in your sleep. However, there are more complex muscle pains that can spread to your head and neck.
  • TMJ Pain. This third symptom refers to pain actually inside one or both of your jaw joints, technically described as arthritis of the TMJ.

If diagnosed, what can I expect from treatment?
We will first need to assess the damage to your TMJ, and from there we will recommend a course of treatment to relieve your pain. Treatment may range from hot or cold compresses and anti-inflammatory medications to physical therapy or a bite guard. We may also advise you to do jaw exercises at home. In general, we will do our best to treat your issue without orthodontic treatment or surgery.

If you would like more information about TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Seeking Relief from TMD.”