TMJ Disorder in Vidalia, GA
The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint and has many muscles controlling it. Many people experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be sharp right in the immediate area, or it may feel like an earache. It may be persistent, and often, severe headaches happen as a result. People with TMJ problems may also experience muscles spasms in the neck, back, or shoulders.
A bad bite or persistent grinding or clenching of teeth can cause TMJ. Grinding and clenching seem to be related to stress. Correcting a poor bite and reducing stress in our lives would be ideal options; however, we often need relief immediately.
Basically, grinding, clenching, and a bad bite cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked, resulting in fatigue and spasms. That is when the pain begins. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain; massage of the muscles, moist heat, and even physical therapy can be relieving as well.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is not wise to ignore them or attempt to cope with them on your own. It can get worse without warning, and permanent damage to the joint can result, which may require surgery. The best thing to do is call our office immediately to be evaluated and get you on the road to recovery and relief.