TMJ Dentist in Columbus OhioTreatment for TMJ Pain

Do you have unexplained facial or head pain, tenderness in your jaw muscles, joint clicking, or headaches? If so, you could be suffering from a TMJ problem. The skilled Columbus TMJ dentists at Capstone Dental can help you find relief by using our expertise and modern dental technologies to diagnose and treat TMJ pain and disorders. 

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on the sides of your head where your lower jaw connects to your temporal bones. These joints work with your muscles, ligaments, and bones to help you chew your food, speak, and yawn. When things go wrong with these joints, it can result in pain or turn into a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Many people mistakenly call TMD “TMJ disorder” since the pain they feel is caused by the temporomandibular joint.

Common Causes of TMJ Pain and TMD 

While there are a variety of reasons why patients experience TMJ pain or TMD, the most common causes are:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth at night (bruxism)
  • Chronic stress that is held in your facial muscles or jaw
  • Injuries of the jaw, head, or neck
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between your temporomandibular ball and socket
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your temporomandibular joint
  • Problems with how your temporomandibular joint is shaped

Signs and Symptoms of TMD

The tell-tale signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders are difficult to ignore. If you experience any of the following you could be suffering from TMD:

  • Joint pain (on one or more sides of your jaw) when you yawn, chew, or open your mouth widely.
  • Muscle tenderness or pain in your ear, face, neck, or shoulders.
  • Unexplained chronic headaches — especially if you are prone to grinding your teeth.
  • Painful popping, clicking, or grating that occurs when you open your jaw.
  • Your jaw locks in either an open or closed position.
  • Pain surrounding your ear with pressure or ringing in your ear (tinnitus).
  • Facial swelling.

TMJ Pain Treatment Options

There are many treatment options for TMJ pain and TMD. Our expert Columbus dental team will give you a thorough dental exam along with 3D dental cone beam imaging to determine a TMJ treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Some TMJ/TMD therapies include:

TMJ Specialists in Columbus Ohio

Our experienced dentists at Capstone Dental offer only the best treatment options for TMJ pain and TMD. If you’re ready for jaw pain relief, schedule an appointment today!