What Is TMJ?
Whether the result of an injury, bruxism, or tooth grinding, issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be debilitating. The joint is responsible for the movement of your jaw, from chewing to speaking; but when it is compromised, it can affect far more than your bite. Dr. Joseph Bedich treats TMJ in Cortland, OH, and finds that patients with this disorder commonly seek a consultation for the following symptoms:
- Jaw pain and soreness
- Facial pain and swelling
- Headaches or neck pain
- Feeling that the teeth no longer rest comfortably together
- Limited mobility of the jaw or inability to move it entirely
- Clicking or popping noises when the jaw moves
- Earaches, hearing loss, or ringing in the ears
Successfully Treating TMJ Disorder (TMD)
TMD symptoms can last for months or even years. Dr. Bedich can help you enjoy relief from jaw pain, with treatment provided in a relaxed, comfortable environment. When TMD is mild, Dr. Bedich may recommend non-invasive home therapies, such as warm compresses, stretches, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. Soft food diets are also helpful, as they allow your jaw joint to rest.
If your jaw pain persists, Dr. Bedich may suggest a nightguard, a customized mouth guard that is worn comfortably while you sleep. This prevents your teeth from clenching and grinding, a main contributor to TMD. He may also recommend the use of BOTOX® to treat your TMJ, jaw pain, and headaches. BOTOX® effectively prevents the muscles responsible for clenching, to completely contract, releasing tension. Injections can be administered every few months, as needed, which allows Dr. Bedich to monitor your progress and ensure that you receive only the treatment you need to make you feel well again.