Are you experiencing chronic headaches, pain in your ear, a stiff neck or trouble opening and closing your jaw? Do you hear clicking, grating, or popping noises when you bite or chew your food? Or simply when opening and closing your mouth? If so, you may be experiencing a disorder of the jaw known as TMD.
There are many factors that might be causing your jaw pain. Some of the most common factors include the following:
— If you have experienced sudden trauma to your mouth/jaw
— Your bite is off so your teeth no longer fit together correctly.
— A connective tissue disorder, arthritis or skeletal malformation which keeps your muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony.
— If your posture is habitually poor, this will cause wear and tear on your joints, even your jaw joints over time.
— If you are under excessive stress, whether physical or emotional. For example, if you clench or grind your teeth constantly without realizing it your jaw joints will pay the price.
— If you are chronically breathing through your mouth, you may have issues with snoring and or sleep apnea. Treatment often includes wearing a custom-made orthotic (splint) to stabilize your jaw. Temporary pain relief may also be aided by analgesics, muscle relaxants, anxiolytics, and anti-depressants.
If you are experiencing jaw pain that does not improve, we can help. We invite you to call our [practice_name] team in [city], [state], at
[phone] today to find relief. Dr. Ariz and Dr. Arami wish you a happy, healthy, holiday season!