Treatment for TMJ Pain
What is TMJ?
TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, which is a medical way of saying jaw joint. Clinically, we refer to problems associated with the jaw joint as TMJ SYNDROME or TMD (disorder). Most patients just call it TMJ as do most referring ENT physicians. This disorder often presents itself as some degree of pain with a popping sound in the joint.
Who can have TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ problems can afflict people of all ages, although patients under 40 are more susceptible and it occurs more frequently in women than men.
What are the symptoms?
- Ear aches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
- Pain or soreness in or around the jaw joints
- Tightness of the jaw joint…difficult to open wide
- Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Facial pain
- Sensitive teeth…loosening of some teeth
What is the treatment?
Consult with Dr. Compton for a diagnosis and TMJ Treatments in Concord NC. TMJ is a great imitator and often feels like a vague tooth ache. Most often, the jaw muscles have been overworked and are fatigued. Acrylic splints (night guards) are effective in controlling the symptoms for many patients. Our entire staff has suffered from TMJ symptoms and we all wear some type of night time appliance. We KNOW your pain and can help in most cases.