Learn About the Causes of TMJ and How TMJ Treatment Can Improve Your Quality of Life

TMJ treatment is offered at our Newport, TN, practice to help correct and ease the pain associated with this disorder of the jaw. Dr. Sutton will diagnose and treat discomfort affecting the jaw, neck, facial muscles, and surrounding areas. 

Do You Experience These Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

  • Pain and tenderness around the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders when speaking, chewing, or yawning
  • Limited ability to open the mouth wide
  • Jaw that tends to get locked into position
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
  • Chronic headaches and neck aches
  • Pain in the upper shoulders

Factors That Contribute To TMJ

Even though the primary cause of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is still unknown, scientists believe that some of the symptoms are a result of problems with the muscles and jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Certain habits can also contribute to jaw pain. Some of the known factors that cause TMJ disorders include:

  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Teeth grinding habits
  • Clenching the teeth
  • Arthritis

Treat Jaw Pain in Sevierville and East Tennessee

TMD is a result of problems with the jaw and surrounding facial muscles that control jaw movement. It is also referred to as TMJ syndrome. The TMJ connects the lower jaw to the skull and is a hinge joint. The muscles attached to the jaw help to move the jaw from side to side and up and down. This allows us to chew, yawn, and talk easily. Dr. David Sutton can determine if your jaw pain is a result of TMD.

What is TMD?

People with TMD experience significant jaw pain and discomfort which can last for several weeks, months, or even years. Statistics show that more women experience jaw pain and TMD symptoms than men, and that it is more common among people between 20 and 40 years of age.

Symptoms might include:

Image of a woman experiencing jaw pain from TMJ

  • Pain and tenderness around the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders when speaking, chewing, or yawning
  • Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
  • Jaw that tends to get locked into position
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
  • Chronic headaches and neck aches
  • Pain in the upper shoulders
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Toothaches
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems or ringing in the ears
  • Discomfort when biting
     

Causes of TMD

Even though the primary cause of TMD is still unknown, scientists believe that some of the symptoms are a result of problems with the muscles and jaw. Certain habits can also contribute to jaw pain. Some of the known factors that cause TMD include:

  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Teeth grinding habits
  • Clenching the teeth
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
     

TMD Treatment Options

Medical treatment may be required to treat TMD symptoms if they do not go away on their own. Dr. Sutton may recommend a nightguard, especially if you tend to grind your teeth. Anti-inflammatory medications and warm, moist heat can also provide relief for jaw pain. Invasive procedures include cortisone shots or jaw joint replacement surgery and may be recommended in severe cases.

If you are suffering from jaw pain, we can help. Set up your consultation for disorders of the TMJ treatment in Sevierville and East Tennessee with Dr. Sutton today!