Polk City IA Dentist Discusses Jaw Pain

Jaw PainDo you suffer from headaches or pain in your jaw joints and muscles? Does your jaw pop when you open or close your mouth? If you answered yes, then you are not alone.  According to the TMJ Association, approximately 35 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from issues linked to temporomandibular disorders (TMD), commonly referred to as TMJ. Your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, is here to help relieve your suffering.

What Exactly is TMJ?

The joints that make up the jaw are called the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). These joints are responsible for holding your jaw and skull together and allowing your mouth to move. Misalignment of the TMJs can occur due to age, injury, anxiety, teeth grinding (bruxism), irregular bite (malocclusion) or it may be hereditary. This causes irritation of the nerves and muscles, resulting in chronic headaches, earaches, jaw and face pain, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tingling extremities and the inability to fully open and close the mouth. Depending on the severity, TMJ can affect one’s ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow, make facial expressions, or even breathe without pain.

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ

If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hussong today. During your consultation, he will evaluate your jaw position, occlusion, and tooth wear to determine if your pain is actually the result of TMJ. He can then recommend a course of treatment to resolve the issue and relieve your pain. Typically, treatment consists of adjusting the bite and wearing a mouthpiece while sleeping to realign the jaw.

At Cornerstone Dental:  Hussong, Ryan DDS, we have made it a priority to ensure our patients have a comfortable and relaxing visit. We offer comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services to meet the needs of every member of your family. We also provide DirectTV during your appointment. Dr. Hussong enjoys working with patients of all ages and forming relationships with families in the Polk City area. New patients are always welcome.  Please call to schedule an appointment or a consultation today at (515) 984-6001.