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Learn seven facts about TMJ pain

If you wake up each day complaining of a headache or jaw pain, this is not normal. This may actually be a sign that you are dealing with a condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the joint in the jaw that hinges the upper and lower arch. In some patients, it can malfunction and result in a variety of problems, including pain and locking of the jaw in the open or closed position. If you live in the area of Beverly Hills, California and suspect you may be dealing with TMJ or TMD, speaking to a dental professional is the first step towards treatment. 

Things to know about TMJ/TMD 

  • TMD is a condition that is often caused by inflammation or dysfunction of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) hinging the jaw.
  • Symptoms of this condition include headaches, jaw pain, clenching and grinding of the teeth, sensitivity of teeth, popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the jaw, and locking of the jaw in the open or closed position.
  • A dentist can often spot symptoms of TMJ/TMD during a dental evaluation, as this condition can often cause sensitive teeth or broken, worn teeth or restorations.
  • A mouthguard is a safe, effective, and comfortable way of treating this condition and lessening the common symptoms such as headaches and jaw pain.
  • Patients will often find that their TMJ/TMD is worse during periods of high stress, so learning and utilizing relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can reduce these concerns.
  • Orthodontic work can sometimes reduce common and bothersome symptoms of TMD as it realigns the bite and jaw for proper functioning.
  • Many patients with pain and discomfort after treatment will often find relief with anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications as needed. 

Do you believe you are dealing with TMJ/TMD? 

Contacting a dental practice to get a proper diagnosis and talk about treatment is a smart choice! Beverly Hills, California area patients can connect with Dr. David S. Frey to learn more about this condition. His office is located at 462 North Linden Drive and can be reached for an appointment at (310) 276-4537.

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