The muscles and tendons in the jaw, as well as the jaw joint, can cause pain when they are under strain or stress. Temporomandibular joint disorders, also called TMJ or TMD, are common, resulting in facial or jaw pain and other symptoms. Our dental team at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates offers TMJ/TMD treatment at our clinic in Edmonds, and Renton, WA.
TMJ/TMD Causes and Symptoms
The cause of TMJ/TMD is not always apparent, but often it is related to teeth alignment or strain on the jaw. A missing or misaligned tooth can change the bite and put extra stress on the temporomandibular joint and associated muscles and tendons. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also damage the jaw joint. Symptoms of TMJ or TMD include:
- Jaw or facial pain
- Neck or shoulder aches
- Ear aches
- Popping, clicking or locking of the jaw
If you have jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ, you should seek a diagnosis. Our dentists at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates can diagnose TMD, and we offer effective TMJ treatments.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief
To relieve symptoms of TMJ, there are dental treatments that can take the stress off the jaw joint. First, a comprehensive dental exam can uncover any misalignments that may be causing strain on the jaw. Fixing alignment issues can relieve TMD symptoms in many cases. Other TMJ treatments include using a customized nightguard, which takes the strain off the jaw joint while sleeping.
If you have TMD symptoms and want relief from your facial or jaw pain, come see us at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates. We can offer a diagnosis and TMJ treatment at our office in Edmonds, and Renton, WA. Contact our office today to schedule a TMJ exam and consultation. We accept many forms of insurance and have multiple payment options available.