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At Dental Arts of Frederick, Dr. Kevin Oakes and our team are happy to help our patients in Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding areas with excellent oral care to help you build a healthy smile. Today we would like to answer some common questions regarding TMJ. So, let’s begin!

What is TMJ?

The joint which connects your jaw to your skull is known as the temporomandibular joint. If it is somehow injured, it can cause pain known as TMJ syndrome.

What causes TMJ?

Something as simple as chewing gum excessively, poor posture, stress, misalignment of the jaw, teeth grinding, tooth injury or injury to the jaw.

What effect does TMJ have on you?

Pain in the joints of the jaw, clicking and popping of the jaw, pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness or vertigo, headaches or migraines, sore or even stiff jaw muscles, pain in your temple, and possibly the locking of your jaw.

What are your treatment options?

The first line of defense begins with proper care. You can find relief by placing ice packs on the joint, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine which are nonsteroidal, reduce your stress, implementing massage and stretches, and of course, stop chewing gum and stick to eating soft foods until your jaws heal.

Additional options include:

–A mouthguard or nightguard to alleviate teeth grinding, or bruxism.

–A dental splint, similar to a mouthguard to provide jaw relief.

–Medications such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, etc. which can help your jaw.

–Physical therapy which includes exercises for the jaw.

–Jaw surgery.

If you would like more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Oakes, please give our Dental Arts of Frederick team in a call at 301-663-5552 today. Our goal is to give you a healthy, confident smile, and we are always ready to help!