Have you been feeling pain in your jaw? Perhaps it is a stiffness or tightness surrounding the muscles of the jaw area? If so, know that you are not alone. Many of the patients that visit our local Midwood cosmetic dentist, Dr. Abraham Esses, are seeking treatment for TMJ and jaw problems. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and it is the joint that connects your jaw to the side of your head. It allows us to chew, speak, eat, and move our jaws up and down and side to side. It is a complicated joint and very different from most other joints in our bodies. Because it is so complicated, it can be challenging for doctors and researchers to understand when things go wrong, so TMJ disorders are largely undefined. However, in most cases, jaw pain is temporary and comes and goes. In other cases, it can become a long term issue, and that is when you should seek treatment from our local Midwood cosmetic dentist.
There are three main disorders currently accepted in the medical field when it comes to the temporomandibular joint. The first is myofascial pain, which is the most common. This simply refers to pain and discomfort associated with the TMJ and surrounding muscles. The second is internal derangement of the joint, and this refers to a displaced disc, a dislocation of the jaw, or an injury to the condoyle. The third is arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joint. If you set up an appointment with our local Midwood cosmetic dentist, Dr. Esses can let you know which of the three, if any, are responsible for your ongoing jaw pain and can then recommend a treatment best suited for your individual needs and symptoms.
Would you like to learn more about the various services provided by our local Midwood cosmetic dentist? If so, we recommend that you browse through Dr. Esses’s website. It is an excellent resource for learning more about your oral health and the related services that we provide here at our office. If you have a question or comment about these topics, do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or online. Dr. Esses and staff hope to see you soon.