Relieve Your Jaw Pain
Do you experience regular pain or a popping sensation from your jaw? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects each side of your skull to your lower jaw, allowing us to open and close our mouths and providing movement from side to side. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to chew or speak. If this joint becomes injured or irritated in any way, it can lead to a TMJ disorder (TMD).
TMD can be a debilitating 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.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMD can present differently for different patients. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with TMJ disorder:
- Frequent pain and stiffness in your jaw
- Clicking and popping sounds when you talk or chew
- Facial pain and swelling
- Neck pain
- Earaches or tinnitus
If one or more of these sounds familiar, we recommend calling our Jupiter dental practice at (561) 744-0677 to schedule a TMJ evaluation with Dr. Villalobos. He’ll be happy to help find the best treatment plan for you.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMD can appear spontaneously or as the result of an injury. Some common causes of TMD include:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism)
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of your TMJ
- A dislocated disc between the ball and socket of your TMJ
- Missing teeth
- Trauma to the face or jaw
Benefits of Our Therapy
Our TMJ therapy has great benefits for treating TMD and improving your quality of life:
- Reduced jaw stress and pain
- Improved jaw alignment
- Reduced side effects such as headaches
- Reduced risk of bruxism
- Prevents your teeth from getting cracked, word down, or broken
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 regimen of jaw exercises for you to perform.
If these initial efforts don’t relieve your symptoms, Dr. Villalobos 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 on your jaw and allowing it to heal.
In most cases, the above methods will be enough to manage your TMJ disorder. However, in extreme cases of TMD, Dr. Villalobos may recommend 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 determine 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 TMJ evaluation with Dr. Villalobos by calling our Jupiter office at (561) 744-0677. 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 are suffering from TMD, Dr. Villalobos will provide you with an ideal treatment solution.
A clicking or popping sensation when you move your jaw is a common symptom of TMJ disorder. These may be noticed 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 a ringing in their 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 disorders. 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 TMJ problems, which contribute 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.