If you have noticed a lack of mobility in the area where your jaw meets your head that is accompanied by pain and a popping sound, you may have temporomandibular pain, or temporomandibular disorder. These issues are commonly called TMJ pain or TMJ disorder and can make it difficult when speaking or eating.
TMJ pain is usually caused by bad posture. Bad posture puts a strain on the neck muscles which can spread into the muscles of the neck, straining them as well. An overwork of the joint can cause it to develop painful inflammation. A constant clenching of the jaw or teeth grinding can lead to TMJ disorder. Treatments are available for both TMJ pain and TMJ disorder.
The treatment option chosen by Dr. Dale Gallagher will depend on how you developed TMJ pain. There are some things you can do at home to help. If muscle strain due to stress has caused the TMJ pain, practice relaxation techniques to alleviate stress. Regular exercise can help correct cases of bad posture in order to also help relieve TMJ pain. Our oral surgeon can also prescribe a splint to be worn in the mouth at night to ease the pain.
Your teeth alignment may also be responsible for TMJ pain. If this is the case, you may need an orthodontic treatment such as braces.
If you have questions about TMJ disorder, or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice in Austin, Texas today.