Jaw Pain: Is it Time to Consult a TMJ Specialist?

dca-blog_article-24_facts-about-tmj_1200x630

Does your jaw hurt? Chronic facial pain, which includes jaw pain, ear pain, and headache, affects about 15 percent of American adults. In some cases, this pain is related to one or both temporomandibular (TM) joints. Located on each side of your head, these joints work with muscles, ligaments and bones to help you chew and speak. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a collection of medical conditions that affect TM joints and the surrounding nerves and muscles. Symptoms may occur when you open your mouth or make side-to-side motions with your jaw.

TMJ Symptoms

People with TMJ typically experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in or around ears
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Jaw pain when biting, chewing, or yawning
  • Difficulty closing or opening the mouth
  • Clicking or popping noises or sensations in the jaw area
  • Jaw pain or soreness in the morning or late afternoon
  • Unexplained tooth sensitivity

Possible Causes of TMJ

Causes of TMJ include arthritis, jaw dislocation or injury, improper bite, and emotional stress that leads to clenching or grinding of the teeth.

How is TMJ Diagnosed?

It’s essential to seek professional dentist care if you experience persistent symptoms of TMJ. The exact causes of the condition can be difficult to pinpoint. A clinic for affordable dental in Connecticut is a good place to start. When the dentist examines your head and jaw and takes X-rays of your joints, he or she can often determine if you have TMJ and recommend an effective treatment. If your diagnosis is unclear, you may be referred to a TMJ specialist. Tooth and sinus problems can mimic TMJ, and behavioral and psychological issues may contribute to symptoms. A TMJ specialist is better equipped to decipher the cause of unexplained jaw pain.

TMJ Treatment Options

With proper dentist care, TMJ is usually a manageable condition. Possible treatment options include the following:

  • Resting the joint
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Moist heat application
  • Night guards to treat tooth-grinding
  • Dental repair of poorly aligned teeth
  • Relaxation or biofeedback techniques

What to Do if You Suspect that You Have TMJ

If you have symptoms of TMJ, seek help from the professionals at a clinic for affordable dental in Connecticut. In many cases, symptoms will go away without treatment, so plan to start out with a conservative treatment strategy. In severe cases, more invasive and permanent treatments may be appropriate.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Connecticut, contact Dr. Jack L. Gish & Associates today or make an appointment.

Dr. Jack L. Gish & Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Connecticut. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dr. Jack L. Gish & Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dr. Jack L. Gish & Associates.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The building is very clean and up to date. The staff is very nice and informative as well. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Logan S.
Been coming here for years after a bad dental experience. Great experience every time with my Hygienist Celine Feel wonderful every time I leave with my sparkling clean smile!!!
Summer A.
Very happy with my experience with Dr. Guidice. Treatment was professional, and timely. Results were beautiful! My smile was brighter than ever!
Victoria Q.
Best dentist hands down!!! The office staff is extremely friendly and helpful. My whole family uses this dentist. We have been using for 3 years since we relocated from Chicago and are so happy to […]
Mark M.
I have been going to Dr Glazman at this practice for the last few years, and I can’t recommend her enough. As a matter of fact, she is the only dentist I have ever felt that I *wanted* to […]
Laura F.
The Ladies at the office are pleasant helpful and very knowledgeable. My cleaning was done in timely manner. I would recommend them.
Walter C.
I have been coming to the office for a few years now and I love the friendly environment. It really makes me feel at ease during my visit. I have been seen by a couple of the hygienist and they were […]
Jenny M.
I’ve been going to Dr. Gish and Associates since I moved to CT 4yrs ago. The staff made me feel at home in my new environment. TheDoctors and staff left no nook and crannie untouched and only […]
Ethan W.
My favorite dentist to go to hands down the best in Ct. I always get treated with the upmost respect and the staff are all kind and professional. I love how comfortable I feel coming here and the […]
Icecream S.
Dr. GUIDICE IS A GREAT DOCTOR! I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANY ONE
NYY N.
I had an accident and chipped my bottom front tooth, scheduled an appointment with Dr. Putnam and he put a bonding on my tooth. He did such a great job my tooth looks so natural, I was very pleased. […]
Angelica G.
This has to be one of the premier dental offices in Connecticut and the staff is top flight. I recently had my teeth cleaned by one of their hygienists, Marissa, who is funny, witty, and smart, she […]
Mario L.
Dr. Guidice is the best. He cares. Plain and simple. He answered my questions about the work I had previously done with another dentist. He didn’t try to do unnecessary work but instead made […]
Krzysztof L.
Friendly staff and helpful, thorough dentists. I’ve been a patient for several years with no complaints and total confidence that I’m in good hands. Lastly, I should note that Dr. […]
Devin K.
I love this place especially Marissa Chiappone who has always been very pleasant and easy to talk to. By far the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had.
Luigi V.
The entire staff at Dr Gish is great. Very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Their hygienist, Marissa, is the absolute best. You will not be disappointed. You will feel right at home as soon […]
Filipe C.
My experience was beyond excellent and I felt truly welcomed. My hygienist Marissa was extremely friendly with a bubbly personality and a beautiful smile! Super knowledgeable staff and quick to […]
Jessica R.
My experience with this office has been great. The staff is extremely friendly, the environment is comforting and the hygienists really care about their patients! Overall, I have had an excellent […]
Courtney G.
Love this office! Cathy and Melissa are great and very accomodating!
Jane S.
Dr. Guidice it’s the best. Made me feel relaxed, we developed good rapport right away. He’s a confident and knowledgeable clinician. He did not advise any unecessary work. I’ll be […]
Kenny G.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (000) 000-0000