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Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Symptoms of TMJ DisordersThe temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a critical joint that allows your jaw to move up and down and from side to side so that you can chew and speak with ease. Considered the most complicated joint in the body, when the cartilage discs shift or wear, the nerves can become sensitive and cause pain. The joint may also become inflamed, which can lead to mild discomfort or severe pain. Our West Hollywood TMJ disorders specialist offers treatment options for those suffering from TMJ disorders.

TMJ disorders, which can be caused by misaligned teeth, an overbite, repetitive clenching or teeth grinding, accidents, trauma or arthritis, can be exacerbated by the repetitive motions associated with biting and chewing. Symptoms can be extremely varied. The joint may pop when the mouth is opened, and there may be pain in the ears or face. Headaches, earaches and neck or shoulder aches are common in those with TMJ disorders. Jaw joints may lock when opened or shifted. Any alteration in the alignment of teeth, nocturnal teeth grinding or suddenly loose teeth may also indicate TMJ disorders.

TMJ disorders are painful and may worsen without treatment. Home remedies can often provide symptom relief until you can visit our dentist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, such as Motrin or Tylenol, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Eating soft foods can reduce the stress on the jaw joint. Applying warm compresses several times a day can help ease pain.

Contact our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist today to schedule your evaluation and develop a treatment plan.

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