Experiencing Pain In Your Jaw? It Could Be TMD

Man with glasses on green background holding his jaw in pain.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD a loud popping or clicking noise coming from your jaw? Do you ever feel pain in your jaw area or around your ear? Have you ever experienced your jaw locking or discomfort while chewing? If you answered yes to any of these it is quite possible that you are experiencing TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunctions).

We Can Evaluate Your Bite To Find The Cause

Before we can know for sure if you have TMD, our team will run a series of tests to discover what kind of TMD you have and how to treat it. At Dental Partners of Boston, we take pride in being very thorough. As our patient, you may expect the following during your dental exam:

  • We’ll have you tell us about discomfort or any symptoms you have been having
  • We’ll test the range of motion of your jaw
  • We’ll also listen for any popping or clicking
  • We can narrow down areas of pain by touching certain areas of the jaw and face
  • If warranted, we may administer an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to make sure we know exactly what we are working with

The Treatment Depends on the Cause

There are a variety of ways to treat problems with your jaw. If you’re grinding your teeth at night, we can create a custom-fit night guard to relax your jaw while you sleep. If the disorder is due to malocclusion, orthodontic treatment may be best. In many cases, addressing your discomfort takes no more than doing a few simple jaw exercises and massage techniques.

In any case, our team of diverse specialists can find the cause of your pain, and help you find a solution.

Thanks for your trust in our Boston dental practice.

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