When a person is suffering from pain and tenderness in their jawbone, as well as in the muscles that are used to control jaw movement, they may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorders are typically caused by factors such as genetics, arthritis, oral injury, and excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth.
While the pain and discomfort associated with a TMJ disorder will often go away on its own, it is important to have the condition checked out in order to make sure that it is nothing serious. When examining a patient for a possible TMJ disorder, our experts will usually conduct the following steps:
- Listening to the jawbone and feeling the structure as it is moved to check for any abnormalities
- Measuring the jaw’s range of motion to see if movement is limited or restricted in any way
- Having the patient identify any areas of discomfort or pain on or around their jaw
In some cases, it may be necessary to provide some type of medical intervention in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with a TMJ disorder. If it is determined that you are indeed suffering from a TMJ disorder, you may be prescribed one or more of the following:
- Pain relievers
- Muscle relaxants
- Physical therapy
- Mouth guards
- Injection treatment
If you believe that you may be experiencing a TMJ disorder, please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.