Relieve Your Jaw Pain
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects each side of your skull to your lower jaw. If this joint gets injured or irritated in any way, it can lead to a TMJ disorder (TMD). TMD is a painful condition that often results in severe jaw pain, among a variety of other symptoms.
Explore our guide to learn more about TMD and how Dr. Villalobos can treat your symptoms.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
Some common causes of TMD include:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism)
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your TMJ
- A dislocated disc between the ball and socket of your TMJ
- Missing teeth
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
We recommend calling our practice and scheduling a TMD evaluation with Dr. Villalobos if you experience any of the following issues:
- Frequent pain and stiffness in your jaw
- Clicking and popping sounds when you talk or chew
- Facial pain and swelling
- Neck pain
Our TMJ Treatment Solutions
If you’re suffering from TMD, Dr. Villalobos will recommend that you start with over-the-counter pain relievers and hot/cold compresses. He may also prescribe a series of jaw exercises for you to perform.
If these initial efforts don’t relieve your symptoms, he can customize a nightguard for you to wear while you sleep. This device is designed to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth overnight, relieving the pressure in your jaw for an effective solution.
In most cases, the methods listed above will be enough to manage your TMD. However, in extreme cases of TMD, Dr. Villalobos may have to perform jaw surgery. Rest assured, surgery is always our last resort and we’ll ensure you have a painless experience if it comes to that.
Visit Dr. Villalobos For TMJ Treatment
If you’re suffering from jaw pain on a daily basis, you may have TMJ disorder. When you visit us for a consultation, Dr. Villalobos can evaluate your symptoms and find the best treatment solution for your needs. Call our Jupiter, FL practice today at (561) 744-0677 and start your journey to a pain-free life.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re experiencing recurring pain or stiffness in your jaw, we recommend scheduling a TMD evaluation with Dr. Villalobos. While your pain may not be connected to a TMJ disorder, it’s better to be safe than sorry and find out for sure. If it turns out that you do have TMD, Dr. Villalobos will provide you with an ideal treatment solution.
Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw is a common symptom of TMJ disorder. These noises are typically heard when you speak, chew, or yawn. If this is happening to you, call our Jupiter practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Villalobos.
Since your TMJ is located next to your ear, any problems with the joint can affect your hearing. Many patients with TMD report earaches or ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus. In some rare cases, the disorder can even lead to total hearing loss. This is yet another reason why it’s crucial to treat your TMJ symptoms.
Headaches are a common symptom of TMJ disorder (TMD). This is often the result of grinding your teeth, which builds up pressure in your sinuses and can lead to headaches.
However, many people suffer from recurring sinus headaches that aren’t related to TMD problems, which can lead to a misdiagnosis in some cases. When you visit Dr. Villalobos for a consultation, he’ll evaluate your symptoms and ensure you get an accurate diagnosis.