Are you suffering from pain or tenderness in your jaw or have difficulty opening or closing your mouth? Does pain radiate to your neck?
These may be symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which involves the two joints that connect your jawbone to the skull.
Dr. Jason Streeter at Streeter Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, can address your symptoms and bring relief from pain with TMJ treatment.
What Is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
TMJ is one of a group of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) of the jaw. It specifically involves the joints on either side of your head that connect the jawbone to your skull. Many of our TMJ patients experience symptoms like these:
Pain or tenderness in the jaw
Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
Pain in and around your ear
Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
Popping or grinding sounds when you move your jaw
Headaches, migraines. or dizziness
Swelling on the side of the face
A Closer Look at Temporomandibular Disorders
The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. It allows the lower jaw to move up and down, side to side, and forward to back. In addition to bones and muscles, the joint includes a piece of cartilage that works as a shock absorber to avoid excessive wear and tear on the bones. When the varied pieces in this jaw joint don’t move well together, you can experience chronic pain, which can be temporary or turn into a chronic condition with excruciating pain.
The cause of TMD and TMJ disorders is often difficult to diagnose and can be confused with other conditions.
When you come in for a consultation at our Colorado Springs practice, Dr. Streeter will perform a comprehensive examination, starting by discussing your symptoms and examining your mouth and jaw.
If he suspects a TMJ disorder, Dr. Streeter may test your bite and examine your mouth using digital x-ray and 3-D scanning technology to rule out other problems and more closely assess your symptoms.
Looking for Relief for TMJ?
Dr. Streeter has invested in some of the finest dental technology at his Colorado Springs practice. This allows him to better diagnose and treat TMD-related conditions while keeping patients comfortable. The practice also offers massage chairs, televisions in treatment rooms, and noise-canceling headphones.
Thorough, knowledgeable, and gentle are words patients use to describe Dr. Streeter and his team, which have over 100 glowing reviews on Google. He takes an uncompromising approach to his patients’ dental health and will carefully address your dental health issues to uncover and treat the root cause.
Patients who need dental care, especially those in pain, shouldn’t have to wait for necessary treatment. Our practice offers its own Streeter Dental Discount Plan and also works with third-party lenders CareCredit® and GreenSky®, which offer patients flexible short- and long-term financing.
How Dr. Streeter Can Help
Dr. Streeter at Streeter Dental in Colorado Springs starts with a conservative approach since in many cases, TMD disorders like TMJ are temporary and can be managed with at-home care. He may initially recommend:
Over-the-counter pain relievers
Hot or cold compresses on the jaw
A diet of soft food
Limiting jaw movements when possible, such as avoiding chewing gum
Exercises to stretch and relax your jaw
Stress management to help patients avoid tension-related habits such as grinding or clenching their teeth or chewing on pencils
If conservative measures don’t bring you relief from your TMJ or TMD issues, Dr. Streeter may recommend a more advanced treatment plan. These may include