TMJ

Robert A.  Sue, DDS -  - General Dentist

Glendale Dental Wellness Center

Robert A. Sue, DDS

General Dentist located in Glendale, CA

If chronic jaw pain is making it difficult to chew food or talk without pain, Dr. Robert Sue can help. Persistent jaw pain and difficulty chewing or speaking may be a sign of TMJ. At Glendale Dental Wellness Center in Glendale, California, Dr. Sue offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders to restore your jaw mobility and alleviate your pain. Learn more about available treatments for jaw pain and related symptoms by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is often referred to as TMJ because the condition affects your temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jawbone to your skull and helps you chew, speak, and swallow.

TMJ or TMD causes persistent pain in your jaw and can even restrict your movements, making it difficult to speak or eat without pain.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Persistent jaw pain and limited movement in your jaw are the hallmark symptoms of TMJ. You may also experience symptoms that include:

  • Ringing in your ears
  • Frequent head or neck pain
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw
  • Facial swelling

Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw is also a common side effect of TMJ.

What causes TMJ?

While the exact cause of TMJ is often difficult to pinpoint, you may develop TMJ due to your genetic makeup, a jaw injury, or a medical condition such as arthritis.

Many people often experience jaw pain as the result of grinding or clenching their teeth throughout the day or during sleep.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

Dr. Sue evaluates your jaw health and may ask you to perform specific jaw movements during his examination. These movements help him to identify your range of motion and the areas where you experience pain. He also evaluates any sound your jaw makes to determine if the pain is related to TMJ.

To confirm a TMJ diagnosis, Dr. Sue may request dental X-rays or a CT scan to get a closer look at your jaw joints.

What treatment options are available for TMJ?

Dr. Sue may initially recommend nonsurgical treatments to relieve TMJ pain and related symptoms. Over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories can improve your comfort and help increase the range of motion in your jaw.

To prevent damage to your teeth and jaw from the grinding and clenching of your teeth, Dr. Sue may recommend a custom-made night guard. You can wear this night guard while you sleep or during the day to protect your teeth.

If these therapies don’t relieve your symptoms, Dr. Sue may recommend surgery to repair damaged joints and improve your jaw mobility.

Find relief for your persistent jaw pain by calling Glendale Dental Wellness Center or booking an appointment online today.

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