Jaw Pain and TMJD


What is TMJD?

Many people will seek the help from their orthodontist for chronic neck and facial pains, which are typically related to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).

Since your temporomandibular joints, the joints in your jaw, are frequently used for biting, chewing, and moving your jaw, people may experience pain and discomfort upon movement. This pain is often recognized as a condition called TMJ.

TMJD is common, and can affect anybody. Over 35 million Americans suffer from chronic facial pain, such as jaw pain, headaches or earaches. TMJD affects more than twice as many women (particularly those of childbearing age) as men and is the most common non-dental related chronic facial pain.

What are the Symptoms of TMJD?

Here are some signs to help you determine if you may be suffering from TMD and if you should contact Dr. Kothari:

  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
  • Jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or evening
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth, or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • Shifting in the upper and lower teeth, causing them to not fit well together
  • Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found
  • Ear pain, pressure, fullness, ringing (tinnitus)

What are the Causes of TMJD?

Causes of TMJD can include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Improper bite (how teeth fit together)
  • Jaw dislocation or injury
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)

What types of treatment are available for TMJD?

Pain modification. Includes resting the joint, taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or applying moist heat to the painful areas.

Relaxation techniques. Biofeedback or relaxation training may help to manage stress. Dr. Kothari may prescribe a nightguard to prevent your teeth from clenching or grinding during sleep.

Fix poorly aligned teeth. Dr. Kothari may suggest some adjustment, including orthodontic treatment, to correct both teeth alignment and bite.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, be sure to contact Dr. Kothari. He will be able to properly diagnose and treat your orthodontic concerns immediately. Dr. Kothari provides treatment for jaw pain and TMJD for the residents of Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Briarcliff, Ossining, Ardsley, Pleasantville, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hawthorne, NY.