Living with chronic jaw pain can be frustrating, making it difficult to concentrate, enjoy a meal, or sleep through the night. Jaw pain is generally associated with a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This condition can create a variety of painful symptoms, including facial and jaw pain, ear and neck aches, as well as lock jaw. If you suspect that you have TMJ pain, contact our office to schedule TMJ treatment in Independence, OH with Dr. Thomas, Bilski. While the precise cause of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is still unclear, there are several factors which are known to contribute to the condition, including:
- Clenching the teeth
- Grinding the teeth
- Injury or trauma to the jaw area
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Alleviate Discomfort with TMJ Treatment in Independence, OH
TMJ disorder can flare up unexpectedly and for some patients, disappear just as quickly. For others, however, TMJ pain can become a persistent condition, lasting for years. If you suffer from TMJ pain, Dr. Bilski will initially recommend conservative treatment which may consist of self-care therapies such as over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, muscle stretching exercises, or the application of a warm compress. Alleviating swelling, coupled with a soft food diet, can soothe TMJ pain by allowing the jaw muscles to relax. Relaxation techniques may also be beneficial to reduce muscle tension.
Dr. Bilski may also suggest a nightguard to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep, as these are factors which contribute to TMJ. A nightguard is a customized, soft or hard plastic device that fits over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes. If TMJ pain persists, cortisone shots may be required to alleviate the swelling and discomfort. In severe cases, in which no other treatment can lessen TMJ pain, joint replacement surgery can be performed.
TMJ symptoms will often progress if left untreated. To experience relief from your TMJ pain in Independence, OH, contact Dr. Bilski today to schedule your consultation.