Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is known for causing severe jaw pain and discomfort. These symptoms can last up to several years without treatment. Patients suffering from disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in Valencia, CA can contact Dr. David Goldberg for relief from the following symptoms:
- Pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears
- Difficulty chewing
- Grating or popping sounds when opening or closing the jaw
- Chronic migraines or severe headaches
What is TMD?
TMD is most often the result of problems with the jaw joint, or TMJ, and surrounding muscle tissue. The TMJ acts as a hinge that connects the lower half of the jaw with the skull. It is located on either side of the head directly in front of the ear. This joint and the surrounding muscles allow the jaw to move up, down, left, and right. When problems occur, this movement is greatly inhibited and the ability to chew, talk, and yawn is reduced.
How is TMD treated?
In some cases, symptoms of TMD will disappear on their own. Home remedies such as anti-inflammatories, eating soft foods, and applying a warm compress can also help relieve jaw pain or soreness. However, if symptoms continue to persist, you may need professional treatment. This can include a splint or nightguard to reduce tension and pressure caused by clenching or grinding the teeth. Severe cases of TMJ disorders may require shots of cortisone to relieve inflammation and pain. A small amount of patients may even require surgery to replace the defective joint and eliminate chronic jaw pain.
TMD can be very debilitating, in some cases. Patients suffering from jaw pain should contact Dr. Goldberg and schedule a consultation to learn more about how to treat disorders of the TMJ in Valencia, CA today!