It’s not normal to feel facial pain, especially if the pain is concentrated in your jaw area. If you experience excruciating pain in your temporomandibular joints, or the joints that connect your jawbone to your skull, consider seeking professional treatment because the pain in those joints could signify problems with TMJ in Tampa, FL. These joints allow your jaw to move from side to side, forward, and backward.
When a person has TMJ disorder, moving the jaw can cause severe pain. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Do you know that you can find pain relief from TMJ by choosing to eat soft foods instead of hard and chewy foods? If you need to bite on food that requires effort in chewing we suggest you cut them into bite-sized portions. Some people find relief by taking over-the-counter pain killers like naproxen or ibuprofen. Practicing good posture will also help relieve pain. As much as possible, avoid unnecessary movements of your jaw like yelling or singing as it will cause you to open your mouth widely. Pain relief can also be achieved if you apply cold packs or moist heat on your jaw for ten minutes.
If the pain in your jaw continues to worsen and persist you should seek professional treatment. Usually, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers to manage TMJ. They may also order mouth guards or oral splints so your jaw will stay in its place. Physical therapy also helps strengthen and stretch the muscles in your jaws to lessen the symptoms.
Whenever you experience abnormal pain in your jaw, ear, temple, or face, make sure you see a dentist or doctor to check if you have TMJ.
At Lake Park Dental, we conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw to ensure we get an accurate diagnosis. The treatment plans we provide are bespoke to your individual needs. Call us to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment with us so we can discuss your concerns.