Temporomandibular joint disorder, or “TMJ Syndrome” for short, is a condition that results when the joint between your head and your jawbone becomes irritated or inflamed. The inflammation can become very painful and can interfere with the operation of your jaw, causing difficulty chewing and swallowing.
If you regularly wake up in the morning with headaches or pain and sensitivity in your jaw, TMJ syndrome may be the cause. Other symptoms include pain while chewing, a “popping” or “clicking” sensation while opening your mouth, neck or shoulder pain, or migraines.
Dr. Ron Sudomir offers Sterling Heights families diagnosis and treatment for TMJ syndrome. Diagnosis begins with an evaluation of your dental and eating habits. For example, do you clench or grind your teeth? Do you chew gum or bite your nails? We will also assess the alignment of your jaws and teeth to rule out issues such as a misaligned bite or crooked teeth. We will also examine your jaw for signs of injury or disease such as osteoarthritis.
Treatment for TMJ syndrome depends on the factors causing the condition. Bite and alignment issues may require orthodontic treatment. Clenching or grinding can be prevented with bite appliances. Other treatments focus on the symptoms, and we may recommend anti-inflammatory medication, massage, stretches or physiotherapy to reduce the inflammation in your jaw and relieve the pain.
If you are suffering from pain in your jaw, call our office today to book an examination.