Many people experience excruciating jaw pain throughout their life with no idea about what is causing it. The problem often persists for years before those affected talk to a doctor or dentist about it, while they self-medicate with copious amounts of aspirin. Are you suffering from terrible jaw pain? You may be suffering from a condition known as TMJ.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a shortened term for temporomandibular joint disorder, which affects the joints and muscles of the jawbone. While pain is the most common indicator of TMJ, most of those who suffer from the condition will have difficulty chewing, speaking, and experience impeded jaw movement or pops when they move their jaw.

What Can Be Done For TMJ?

The first step to overcoming TMJ is to speak to your doctor or dentist about treatment options. In most cases, TMJ has been found to go away without treatment over time, but there are several ways to help relieve the pain such as: aspirin or other pain medications, applying ice or heating pads to the joint area, and special jaw exercises to strengthen the joint and muscle tissue.

The best way to overcome TMJ is to talk to your dentist so they can provide you with helpful tips and offer advice regarding your treatment options. Schedule an appointment at Smile Today if you experience jaw pain or any other unusual condition affecting your mouth.

Call our Gilbert, Phoenix or Scottsdale dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.