TMJ Pain

Treatment of TMJ pain can be addressed by Dr. Fraiz.

The Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the temporal bone (the bone that forms the side of the skull) and the mandible (the lower jaw). Even though it is only a small disc of cartilage, it separates the bones so that the mandible may slide easily whenever you talk, swallow. Damage to this complex, triangular structure in front of your ear, can cause considerable discomfort.

What causes TMJ pain?

In most patients, pain associated with the TMJ is a result of displacement of the cartilage disc that causes pressure and stretching of the associated sensory nerves. The popping or clicking occurs when the disk snaps into place when the jaw moves. In addition, the chewing muscles may spasm, not function efficiently, and cause pain and tenderness.

What causes TMJ?

  • Major and minor trauma to the jaw
  • Teeth grinding
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Improper bite or malpositioned jaws
  • Arthritis

What are the TMJ symptoms?

  •  Ear pain
  • Sore jaw muscles
  •  Temple/cheek pain
  • Jaw popping/clicking
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty in opening the mouth fully
  • Frequent head/neck aches

Treatments for TMJ
TMJ pain treatments can involve one or multiple of the following therapies:

Our team at Indy Dental Health will help you find the best treatment for your TMJ disease.