TMJ pain is pressure, discomfort, or tension affecting your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your lower jaw to the temples on either side of your head. The joints are responsible for any movements you make with your mouth, whether you’re yawning, chewing or speaking.
Persistent TMJ pain results in a complication called TMJ disorder. You can develop TMJ disorder because of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, misalignment, poor posture, arthritis, and other conditions and behaviors.
Teeth grinding, a common contributor to TMJ pain, often occurs when you sleep. In fact, you might not even realize that you do it until you come to The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design with TMJ pain and evidence of damage on the surfaces of your teeth.
TENS therapy delivers low-level electrical impulses to the muscles in your face and jaw. These impulses help the muscles relax to relieve tension and pain.
Botox is an injectable drug containing a neurotoxin that inhibits muscle movements for months. Strategically placed injections can provide long-term relief from muscle tension in your face leading to TMJ pain.
If teeth grinding contributes to your TMJ pain, Dr. Guinn might recommend a custom-fit night guard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.