Q. " I often wake up with pain in my jaw and have discomfort when chewing. Is it TMJ and is it treatable?"
The term TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone. This allows you to talk, chew and yawn.
Problems in this joint can cause a host of symptoms including:
Pain or tenderness in the face and jaw or ear
Limited ability to open the mouth wide
Jaws that get stuck or lock
Clicking, popping or grating sounds
Toothaches, headaches, dizziness
The causes of temporomandibular disorders are not clear and treatment is controversial. Many people can recover with no or little treatment. Following an exam and confirmed diagnosis of TMD, we educate our patients on their condition with a recommendation on the most efficient and conservative approach. This can include a multidisciplinary approach, including a consultation with a professional physical therapist.
Call us to schedule a consultation or to answer any questions you may have.