Do you get frequent headaches for seemingly no reason? If so, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems may be to blame. TMJ disorders are very common and cause pain in the jaw joint. When jaw joint problems become chronic, it’s referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). TMD can cause problems with jaw movement and in severe cases can cause the jaw to lock in one position. Here’s what you should know about TMD, how to tell if you have it, and when to see your dentist for treatment.

Common TMD Symptoms

TMD can cause many symptoms in the face, neck and shoulder areas. Some common symptoms of the condition include:

  • Strange noises such as clicking and grinding sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • Tenderness or pain around your jaw joint
  • Tinnitus (ringing) in one or both ears
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Frequent headaches
  • Problems with hearing

One of the most severe symptoms of TMD is locking of the jaw joint, which can make it impossible to speak or eat. When this happens, surgery may be required to restore function. If you notice any of the symptoms of TMD, it’s important to schedule an appointment with you dentist as soon as you can.

Treatment Options

Dr. Steven Crandall offers a variety of treatment options for TMJ pain. These include non-invasive TruDenta technology that reduces inflammation and pain in the jaw joint. They also offer other drug-free holistic treatments and only recommend surgery as a last resort in severe cases of TMD. They may also recommend lifestyle changes and stress reduction technique to help combat the cause of your jaw joint discomfort.

Contact Our Practice

Receiving treatment from a skilled dentist can help relieve pain from TMD. To schedule your appointment with Drs. Crandall, contact our practice in Pittsburgh, PA and speak with one of our helpful office representatives.