Approximately 15 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some kind of chronic facial pain, including jaw pain, earaches and headaches. One of the common sources of these pains is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. These joints are on the sides of the head, connected to a complicated set of muscles and ligaments. They are responsible for the jaw while speaking and chewing.
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There are a wide range of symptoms that temporomandibular joint disorder can cause. Some of the more common signs include pain around the ears, neck pain, headaches, tenderness in the jaw muscles, soreness or pain when chewing or yawning, and difficulty opening the mouth. Some people also experience popping or clicking sounds when they open their mouth.
Although TMJ disorder can affect all kinds of people, it is twice as likely to affect women as men, and it is more likely to affect younger women than older women. The condition is the most common cause of non-dental facial pain or discomfort.
A number of factors can cause TMJ disorder, including a misaligned bite, jaw injury, dislocation or arthritis. Stress can also be a major factor, and constant strenuous tasks that cause overuse of jaw muscles can contribute to the problem.
But it is important to remember that facial pains might not be the result of TMJ disorder. Toothaches and sinus problems can create similar symptoms, so it is important to get an expert opinion.
Dr. Mal Braverman can determine if TMJ disorder is the cause of your facial aches and pain, and he can recommend effective treatment to alleviate the problem. If the disorder is caused by misaligned teeth, he can correct the bite with cosmetic dental procedures.
If you need TMJ treatment in NYC, make an appointment with Dr. Braverman. He can recommend the right treatments to help you look and feel better, correcting misaligned bite and cracked, crooked, discolored or stained teeth.