If your jaw “pops” or “clicks” when speaking or eating, or you notice clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth, and have constant headaches, you may be experiencing the effects of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint pain. This disorder (TMD) is caused when the jaw joint becomes stressed, suffers an injury or is misaligned. What causes TMJ to occur? Temporomandibular joint pain has a variety of causes, including bruxism (night-time grinding and clenching of the teeth while you sleep), stress, arthritis, or some kind of trauma to your jaw, head or neck.
At Monte Vista Dental, our dentists, Drs. Param and Lavanya Gill in Turlock, California, can help you with temporomandibular joint pain by providing treatment for your relief. Depending on the cause of your pain, treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, certain lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, wearing a mouth guard or night guard, or even jaw surgery.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of jaw pain in Turlock, California. Drs. Param and Lavanya Gill are happy to determine if you do indeed have TMJ, and what we can do to help relieve your pain. Please give us a call and find out more, by calling our Monte Vista Dental team at 209.669.6500 today!