Jaw Pain/TMJ/TMD Treatment
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint located directly in front of the ear where the lower jaw connects to the temporal bone, or part of the skull. Given the complexity of this particular joint, those suffering from TMJ disorders may experience a number of different problems, including popping or clicking jaw, lockjaw, or faciocranial pain. Patients affected by this may experience constant, sometimes excruciating pain affecting the ear, jaw muscles, cheeks, head, and neck. For some, simple tasks such as swallowing and talking become nearly impossible to bear.
TMJ dysfunction or TMD (temporomandibular disorder) can result from many things, including chewing gum, stress, and chronic grinding of the teeth. Thankfully, when the dysfunction is diagnosed in its early stages, TMJ treatment is highly successful and fairly easy. Changes in diet and lifestyle may well be enough to alleviate the pain. However, in some cases, further treatment, such as bite splint therapy and physical therapy may be necessary.
Dr. Siachos has years of experience treating chronic jaw pain. In fact, he suffers from it as well. He will be able to relate to your problems and treat you in a personal, caring, and efficient manner.