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TMJ Symptoms in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

Do you have jaw pain in Columbus, OH, frequent headaches, neck pain, and sometimes back pain? Did you know that even back pain can be associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues? Dr. Rob Heller can evaluate your jaw pain and treat your TMJ symptoms in Lewis Center, OH. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is characterized by pain in the jaw, face, neck, and shoulders. While the exact cause of TMJ pain is still unknown, scientists have come to believe the pain results from problems with the surrounding muscles and the joint itself. Dr. Rob Heller can diagnose your condition and provide effective TMJ treatment in Lewis Center, OH.

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What Can Be Done About My TMJ Pain?

Often times, TMJ pain will go away on its own once the joint has had time to rest and relax. Dr. Heller might suggest a diet of soft foods, taking over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or using a warm compress. If these methods do not work, you will need to seek further treatment.

Dr. Heller will recommend some muscle relaxation techniques to do at home to stretch and relax your jaw muscles. You may be fitted for a nightguard appliance that is worn over your upper or lower teeth at night. This appliance aids in easing the extreme pressure exerted on your jaw muscles during nighttime clenching and grinding. It also helps to protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Factors That Contribute To TMJ

The main cause of TMJ syndrome is still unknown, but scientists believe that the symptoms are a result of problems in the muscles of the jaw or with parts of the joint. Known factors that contribute to TMJ include:
  • Trauma
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Clenching
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

TMD Symptoms often include:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth very wide
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, ears, face, shoulders, and back
  • Tired feeling in the neck or face
  • Hearing issues, ringing in your ears
  • Toothaches and/or discomfort when biting
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Teeth not closing together properly
  • Clicking, grating, or popping noises when moving the jaw
  • Your jaw gets “locked” in a closed or open position

What is TMD?

The temporomandibular joints are located on each side of the head. This is a hinge joint that connects your skull to your lower jaw bone. The muscles surrounding the joint allow for a wide range of movement of the jaw, such as side to side and up and down. People who suffer from jaw pain associated with this joint have a condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Daily activities such as talking, yawning, and chewing can be compromised when the TMJ is not functioning properly. Dr. Heller can diagnose your TMD and provide a number of treatment options.

TMD can greatly affect your overall quality of life. You do not have to live with chronic head, neck, and jaw pain. TMD is a fairly common health condition that is easily diagnosed and treated. Call Dr. Heller in Lewis Center, OH today to learn more about your options for TMD treatment and get back to a healthy and pain free smile.

If these methods do not alleviate discomfort, a more invasive technique might be employed such as cortisone shots to relieve pain and inflammation. A small number of patients might require jaw joint replacement surgery to ultimately cure their TMJ pain.

Do You Experience These TMJ Symptoms?

Many times, TMJ disorder requires an easy and fairly noninvasive solution to relieve you of your chronic pain. If you are suffering daily with any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder in Lewis Center, OH, seek relief immediately. Dr. Heller can inform you of all available options to treat your TMJ pain. Call our office today and schedule your consultation. TMD is characterized by a variety of chronic symptoms, including:
  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or yawn
  • Limited ability to open the mouth wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open-or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the joint when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Headaches or neck aches or upper shoulder pain

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