Portland Jaw Pain Relief Through Treating TMJ
Teeth aren’t our only area of expertise here at Springwater Dental, we have also been treating TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction for 12 years. Call us at (503) 902-6604 if you have jaw pain in Portland for treatment of TMJ disorder. The TMJ is basically the hinge that connects your jaw to the base of your skull. The bones and muscles surrounding this joint allow your lower jaw to move up and down and side to side. If you can’t move your jaw freely, or are experiencing excessive jaw popping or jaw pain when you do so, use our online contact form to request a visit with Dr. Chung who is an expert at treating jaw pain and treating TMJ in Portland. We will provide a thorough exam and diagnosis during your visit and perhaps outline a plan for treating TMJ and reducing your jaw pain.
I Can’t Believe My Jaw Pain is Gone!
“I’m a night grinder. I didn’t know it until I visited Dr. Chung though. I complained about my jaw popping during one of my dental cleanings and Dr. Chung thought it might be good to investigate further. After explaining about TMJ disorders the doctor checked my teeth and found that I showed signs of teeth grinding, which placed stress on my jaw at night! I had never ground my teeth before, but when I thought about some recent changes in my life I could understand how this new habit was related to new sources of stress in my life. Dr. Chung took care of my grinding problem and my jaw popping with a night guard. I’m so lucky that I was at the right Portland dentist to help me with this problem!”
Portland Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder Symptoms
If you have trouble opening your mouth wide, hear popping or grating sounds when you move your mouth or sometimes feel like your jaw is stuck open or closed, it is extremely likely that you will need TMJ treatment for jaw pain in Portland. Jaw pain can range from minor to severe, last for just a few seconds or last for years. You may experience pain or tenderness near the TM joint as well as in your face, neck or shoulders. Headaches, toothaches, tinnitus and dizziness are also common indications you may need treatment for TMJ disorder. However, these symptoms could be caused by other conditions such as toothache, gum disease or sinus problems just as easily as by a TMJ disorder. Because we’ve been treating TMJ and jaw pain in Portland for 12 years, we can definitely help you, call (503) 902-6604.
What Causes TMJ Disorders in Portland?
Treating TMJ disorders that are caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscle often result in a substantial reduction in jaw pain. Some common causes for TMJ in Portland are direct trauma, certain types of arthritis or stress. For example, people who have been in an accident and suffered whiplash or a blow to the head sometimes develop TMJ disorders. People who deal with stress by clenching their jaw muscles or grinding their teeth may also end up experiencing jaw pain related to the TM joint. Teeth grinding is an especially tricky symptom to self-identify, because you may not even realize you are doing it. However, a Portland dentist like Dr. Chung can look at your teeth and determine if they are worn down by grinding in your sleep.
Diagnoses and Expert Treatment for TMJ Disorders
If you visit Springwater Dental complaining of jaw popping or jaw pain in Portland, the first step will be to observe the motion of your jaw to check for problems. In order to discover whether or not a TMJ disorder is the root cause of any problems, our team will have to get a good look at the joint. Normally we can learn what we need to know by taking panoramic x-rays. This allows Dr. Chung to view the TMJ as well as your teeth to check for problems that could be causing your jaw pain. In some cases, an MRI or a CT scan will be needed to determine if TMJ causes exist. An MRI allows us to get a closer look at the tissue in the joint, while a CT scan provides a more detailed view of the bone.
Relieving Stress-Related TMJ Jaw Pain with Help from a Portland Dentist
If your TMJ jaw pain is stress related, Springwater Dental treating your TMJ will be quite simple. We will custom mold a night guard or “splint” for you to wear that will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night. Both mouth guards and splints will keep your teeth from touching and reduce your ability to clench your jaw, thus reducing jaw pain. Plus, these devices position your jaw properly for maximum relaxation, effectively treating TMJ disorder. Some patients also find stress-relieving medications, like anti-anxiety pills or muscle relaxants, helpful in treating TMJ in Portland. Physical therapy, relaxation techniques, or massage from a qualified therapist may also provide relief from stress-related jaw pain in Portland.
Relief of Constant Jaw Pain is Here in Portland!
Please contact us to learn more about TMJ disorders and treatment. We’re happy to schedule an appointment for you or simply provide more information about TMJ treatment, headaches, migraines, mouth guards, TMJ relief, clenching, teeth grinding and any other symptoms related to jaw pain in Portland.