Are You Tired of Living With Chronic Jaw, Neck and Back Pain?


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Do You Experience These TMJ Symptoms?

TMJ is characterized by a variety of chronic symptoms, including:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or yawn
  • Limited ability to open the mouth wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open-or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the joint when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Headaches or neck aches
  • Upper shoulder pain

Factors That Contribute To TMJ

The main cause of TMJ syndrome is still unknown, but scientists believe that the symptoms are a result of problems in the muscles of the jaw or with parts of the joint.

Known factors that contribute to TMJ include:

  • Trauma
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Clenching
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

TMJ Treatments in Oakland, CA

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
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • 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
  • Toothaches

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 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.

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4215 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510-244-2737
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