Jaw pain is one of the best-known symptoms of TMJ. TMJ is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, which are located on each side of the head. These joints are complex and include a series of bones, discs, muscles, and ligaments that work together to allow you to bite, yawn, chew, and speak.
Along with pain in the jaw, you might experience other symptoms as well, including:
- Earaches or pain around the ear
- Neck aches
- Tenderness of the jaw muscles
- Soreness that increases throughout the day
- Pain that worsens when biting, chewing, or yawning
- Clicking, popping, or grating noises that are accompanied by pain
- Tooth sensitivity or radiating pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth, or a jaw that sticks open or closed
- Facial pain or tenderness
The condition is linked to stress, malocclusions, bruxism, jaw injury, and arthritis, but it can also occur for no obvious reason. Proper treatment can make a big difference and can alleviate your pain, soothe your muscles, and promote healing. Conservative treatments, physical therapy, and other therapies are available. Call us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Huntington Beach dentist.