Does your jaw hurt, sometimes unbearably? Have you been getting headaches? TMJ may be the reason. Read on for some more information about TMJ and what can be done about it.
What is TMJ?
The term “TMJ” is often used to describe pain in the jaw joint (the temporomandibular joint). This joint is in use all the time, and if there is a problem you may develop headaches, tenderness in the jaw, pain in and around the ear, and even muscle aches in the neck and shoulders. Your jaw may feel like it “locks up,” and you may hear a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth.
Other things you should know about TMJ
If you have been diagnosed with TMJ, or if you just suspect you might have it, there are other things you should know:
1. You should avoid chewy and hard foods, but also avoid chewing on hard, nonfood items, such as pen caps. Also, avoid using your teeth as tools (such as for opening packages).
2. Stress can really aggravate TMJ, and it might be a good idea to work on reducing stress to help the pain.
3. Bad posture can also contribute to TMJ pain.
4. TMJ can also be caused by an injury to the jaw, genetics, grinding your teeth all the time, or a connective tissue disease.
5. If you are missing a tooth, that can cause TMJ as well – your other teeth start to move and your top and bottom teeth become misaligned.
6. Many people find temporary relief with a heating pad or over-the-counter pain relievers. Massaging your jaw joint can also help.
7. Researchers believe there is a link between TMJ and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Another thing you should know about TMJ is that Dr. Konig is an expert at treating it. He and his staff will determine why you have TMJ and can offer you a solution that is right for you –treating your pain as well as the underlying reason for your TMJ. Contact the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Call (713) 668-2289 today!