Do you notice that your jaw is always in pain? Waking up with chronic headaches each morning? Are you experiencing pain in or around your ear(s)? All of these could be symptoms of TMJ disorder. Your TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) is a hinging joint between your upper and lower jawbones. When this joint begins to operate inefficiently or improperly, it can often result in mild discomfort or outright pain. If you are experiencing possible TMJ disorder symptoms and are in the Murrieta, California area, pay a visit to Dr. Valerie Scola at Scola Family Dentistry. Dr. Scola is experienced in treating TMJ pain. First, Dr. Scola will find the underlying cause and then provide various treatments or therapies to relieve pain and treat your TMJ. If you are unable to identify the issue, you may not be seeking help. Let’s learn more about TMJ and its symptoms.
TMJ disorder creates pain in the jaw and muscles that control jaw movement. Finding the source of a TMJ disorder can be tricky. Sometimes, these disorders can be genetic in nature. Other times, they can be caused by an injury to the jaw or arthritis. TMJ disorders can be mistaken for pain caused by bruxism, a chronic clenching or grinding of the teeth and jaw. Bruxism can often have some of the same symptoms. Once your doctor has identified the source of the issue, a treatment plan can be developed.
Some symptoms of TMJ disorder can include:
These are just some of the symptoms which could be associated with TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing discomfort anywhere in the ears, neck, or mouth area, you should consider reaching out to your dentist for an examination.
To learn more about TMJ disorders and what treatments could help you, as provided by Dr. Scola, please call (951) 692-4221 today!
Dr. Valerie Scola of Scola Family Dentistry is a leading and reputed dentist in Murrieta, providing modern and customized dental care for everyone in your family! Dr. Scola comes from a dental family and graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2011 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. With over one and a half decades of experience, she is committed to the oral health of you and your entire family. This includes dealing with any fears that you may have about the dentist’s chair! Dr. Scola brings the best of modern dental care and technique to you by participating in continuing education courses. She is also a member of the Tri-County Dental Society, the California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Whether it is Invisalign, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, or even Dental Emergencies, reach out to Dr. Valerie Scola of Scola Family Dentistry for professional, yet gentle dental care!