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