Understanding Jaw Pain

temporomandibular disorder, Lakeland, FLTemporomandibular disorders (TMD or also known as TMJ) are due to issues with the jaw and the muscles in your face that are connected to it. Dentists believe that symptoms connected to TMJ are sometimes due to trauma to the jaw joint, the jaw, or muscles in the neck and head. For instance, if you were in a car crash and experienced a whiplash, you can get TMJ. Let’s review other causes of this disorder.

What is causing my jaw pain?

Clenching and/or grinding the teeth. This grinding motion can place an intense amount of pressure on the jaw. TMJ could also be due to stress. When we experience stress the facial muscles and jaw can tighten or clench up, creating additional pressure on the jaw. Joint arthritis or movement of the soft cushion disc between the ball and socket of the joint can also lend to jaw pain.

Some of the symptoms connected to TMJ include tenderness or pain in the neck, shoulders, jaw joint, or face. In some cases you could feel pain around the ears or when you talk or eat food. Some individuals even experience pain when they try to open their mouth wide.

Other symptoms include the jaw getting “locked” into an open position, clicking or popping sounds when you eat, a tired feeling around the face, problems chewing, not feeling like your bite is correct, or swelling on the side of the face. Dizziness, earaches, hearing issues, shoulder pain, tinnitus, and headaches can also be indications of TMJ.

How to feel better

After your TMJ has been diagnosed, the dentist may discuss some of the following at home treatments for you to use: apply a moist heat or cold pack to the area of the jaw where you feel pain. Do this a few times a day for the full effect. Eat softer foods like fish, cooked produce, beans, and yogurt.

Arrange a consultation

For more information on how to address your TMJ pain, call Agnini Family Dental today. You can reach our front desk to schedule your appointment by calling

Jaw pain? You might have TMJ/TMD

TMJ Lakeland , FLIf you have pain or tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulder area you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD. Problems that arise with the jaw and facial muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It I also commonly called TMJ, after the joint.

How TMD/TMJ starts

TMD symptoms can pop up when there are issues with joint or muscles in the jaw. Grinding or clenching teeth can put an enormous amount of pressure on your jaw and cause TMD. Blunt trauma to the jaw, a whiplash, arthritis to the joint, or stress can also result in TMD.

The signs of TMD/TMJ

TMD can create excessive pain or discomfort. For some, the pain is temporary while for others it can last years. It can impact one or both sides of the face. It is more common for women to have the condition and it is more prevalent in adults between 20 and 40 years old. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have TMD: Problems opening your mouth wide, a jaw that gets stuck or locked in open or closed position, the sound of clicking or popping, feeling tired in your face, problems with chewing, unable to bite comfortably, or swelling on the face. Toothaches, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, or a ringing in the ears can also be due to TMD.

Treatment for TMD/TMJ

Before pursuing traditional in office treatments for TMD/TMJ, consider how some of the following at home remedies can be of help.

  • Eat the right foods: soft foods like mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, soup, eggs, cooked vegetables, or yogurt will be much kinder to your jaw. Cut up your food into small bites and chew less. Take a pass on hard foods like carrots or pretzels and chewy foods like caramels.
  • Use moisture: Put an ice pack on the side of your face for 10 minutes.
  • Use over the counter medications: ibuprofen, naproxen or other anti-inflammatory drugs can help relive pain.

Arrange a consultation

If you suffer from jaw pain and need additional treatment, call Agnini Family Dental today. You can reach our office by calling (863) 682-1500, located in Lakeland, Florida.

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