If you are experiencing pain in the jaw, neck, or face, it may be caused by a temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull; TMJ disorders can be caused by stress, injury to the jaw, TMJ, or neck muscles, grinding and clenching of the teeth, or arthritis in the TMJ. Commons symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty chewing
- A locked jaw
- Popping, grating, or clicking sounds in the jaw joint when you open and close your mouth
- Pain in the ear, jaw joint area, face, neck, or shoulders, especially when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
- Ringing in the ears
Dr. Sparks will carefully examine you to determine the cause of and best treatment for your TMD. TMD treatment may include a bite splint or guard, medication, restorative dental procedures, or adjustment of the bite. If you suffer from pain and discomfort caused by a TMD, please call the dental office of Ryan D. Sparks, DMD today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!