Do you suffer with chronic headaches? Do you wake up with facial, neck, or jaw pain? You could be experiencing pain caused by a problem in your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Jaw pain from issues associated with your TMJ can be fairly common and also easily remedied. Dr. Dennis Prat has received special training for TMJ pain and can provide you with TMJ treatment in Oakland, CA.
What is TMD?
While the exact cause of TMJ pain is not known, several factors that affect TMJ pain include teeth clenching, grinding, facial trauma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, if you suffer from severe jaw pain associated with TMJ and it does not go away after a period of rest, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include the following:
- Pain in your face, neck and shoulders, jaw joint area, or around your ear when you talk, yawn, or chew
- Grating, clicking, or popping noises when you open or close your mouth
- Uncomfortable sensation when biting down
- Jaw gets stuck in open or closed positions
- Ringing in the ears
- Cannot open the mouth very wide
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Headaches or neck aches
- Tired feeling in the neck or face
- Difficulty chewing
- Upper shoulder pain
- Hearing problems
At home treatments for TMJ pain include resting your jaw, taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or ibuprofen, eating a soft food diet, or applying warm compresses. If your jaw pain does not go away after trying these treatment methods, you may need medical help. Dr. Prat can give you facial exercises and relaxation techniques to use to ease your TMJ pain. Dr. Prat also offers the use of an oral mouthpiece, or in extreme cases orthodontic headgear, to relieve your symptoms.
Do not live another day with chronic pain. Dr. Prat is uniquely equipped to diagnose and treat your jaw pain associated with TMD. Call our office today to schedule your consultation in Oakland, CA.