For many, a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) will result in a daily struggle of pain and frustration. If your joint is injured or overworked, it can cause painful symptoms that range from jaw pain to ringing in the ears. TMJ disorder is a commonly occurring condition yet millions of Americans are unaware they suffer with it. The easiest way to determine if you suffer from TMJ in Amherst, NY, is to schedule a visit to your dentist for an evaluation.

Signs That You May Have TMJ
While the exact causes of TMJ disorder are still uncertain, there are factors that are known to contribute to this disorder. These include injury or trauma to the jaw, bite or jaw misalignment, arthritis of the jaw joint, stress, and teeth grinding (bruxism). The most common symptoms include the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
  • Popping noises when opening or closing the jaw
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tight, sore, or swollen facial muscles
  • Bruxism

Treatments That Alleviate the Pain of TMJ
There are many successful treatments available for TMJ disorder. Anti-inflammatory medications and warm compresses can provide some measure of relief at home for mild cases. Changing your habits can also help, such as trying a temporary soft food diet, giving up chewing gum, or reducing stress with exercise or meditation. When bruxism is an issue, a custom night guard can be created and worn when you sleep. The appliance keeps the jaw in position and prevents your teeth from coming into contact with each other. For the most severe cases, your dentist may recommend medications or even surgery.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ in Amherst, NY, schedule a consultation with Dr. James Lesinski. Our skilled doctor can diagnose and treat your condition, allowing you to have normal jaw function again.