If you’re experiencing jaw pain and headaches and having trouble opening your mouth wide, you may have TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly of Smashing Smiles Orthodontics offers relief with orthodontic TMJ treatments in her state-of-the-art office in Washington, D.C. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Willis or book online.
TMJ is a shorthand way of referring to pain in your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to the sides of your skull. Your temporomandibular joint is solely responsible for your jaw movement from side to side, as well its ability to open and close.
When there’s a problem with the temporomandibular joint, you may experience trouble speaking. The condition is commonly called TMJ or TMD, temporomandibular disorder.
The exact cause of TMJ is unclear, but evidence shows that it’s closely associated with teeth clenching or grinding, knotted face muscles, and misaligned jawbones. Arthritis in your temporomandibular joint can also trigger TMJ symptoms.
Commonly reported symptoms of TMJ are:
If you suspect that you have TMJ, see Dr. Willis for a thorough evaluation.
Because the exact cause of TMJ is unknown, it’s tricky to diagnose because the symptoms can mimic other conditions. To get an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Willis conducts a physical examination, takes X-rays of your jaw, and in some cases performs a TMJ arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical video procedure.
Occasionally, TMJ resolves on its own, but that is rare. If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ, Dr. Willis and her expert team may recommend a combination of the following treatment options:
In addition, there are some at-home remedies that can soothe your pain. Many people have success with the following:
Talk to the team at Smashing Smiles about ways you can relieve pain and pressure due to TMJ.
Put an end to your TMJ suffering and pain. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Willis or use the easy online scheduler to make an appointment at your convenience.