While there may be many causes of jaw pain, the culprit is often temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJD or TMD). Essentially, TMJ is an inflammation of the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. When not treated, this disorder can cause considerable pain and discomfort. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, come to First Dental to see how we can help you:
- Trouble biting or chewing
- A clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening and closing the mouth
- A dull aching in the face
- Earaches or headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw pain
- An inability to open and close the mouth
- Neck and shoulder pain
There are many treatment options available for the TMJ in Dodge City, Kansas, and Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler would be happy to sit down with you to discuss potential treatments. In most cases, a simple night guard will ease the pain associated with TMJ and teeth grinding. This thin, removable mouth guard is worn while sleeping in order to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. While there may be some initial discomfort, most patients become accustomed to their night guard within a week.
We welcome you to call First Dental today to learn more about how our dentist can help you.