When you have pain in your jaw, or it feels like your jaw gets stuck or pops often, you likely don’t think of going to see a dentist to fix the problem, right? Well, dentists actually do quite a bit to help mitigate this pain, as it’s often caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. If you have TMJ, or think you may have it, this is how our team at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates in Tomball, Texas, can help you tackle it.
What is TMJ?
For those who don’t know, TMJ is the common moniker for temporomandibular joint disorder. This refers to the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw. Some people deal with TMJ disorder when this joint comes out of alignment or doesn’t work properly.
What are the symptoms?
You may have TMJ disorder and not know it. Some of the most common symptoms include headaches that don’t go away with pain relievers, earaches, clicking noises when you open your mouth, and a jaw that gets “stuck.”
How is it treated?
Obviously, TMJ doesn’t sound like a terribly fun issue with which you have to deal. However, treatment options do exist.
It’s thought that a common cause of TMJ disorder is due to muscle spasms, so Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs may prescribe muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce the strain on your jaw muscles.
To get help with your TMJ, call 281-205-4717 today.