With or without braces, you may have found yourself with a discomforting pain in your head and jaw. At our office in Prosper, TX, we want to help you find the source of this pain. Known as TMJ pain or TMD, this affliction is a painful disorder of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). In a private consultation, Dr. Bietsch will examine and assess you for this disorder. You may have recurrent facial pain, swelling in the jaw line, lock jaw, loss of the ability to open your mouth wide, inability to stop clenching or grinding your teeth (asleep or awake), and much more. This is also common for patients who wear braces or have worn braces in the past. Millions of Americans suffer from this disorder and at BIETSCH Orthodontics, we will carefully listen to your symptoms, perform an examination, and take a closer look with our innovative digital imaging technology. We invite you to call and schedule your appointment today and relieve some of the pain of TMJ/TMD.
About the TMD
Having a disorder in your temporomandibular joint (which connects the jaw to your skull) can be debilitating and painful. You may not think about how much you use these joints (chewing, speaking, yawning, singing, and swallowing) until they start to hurt or cause other symptoms when they are not in proper shape or alignment. Here are a few of the life-interfering symptoms of TMD/TMJ Disorder:
- Limited movement of your jaw joint while chewing or opening your mouth (also referred to as lock jaw)
- Your teeth do not fit together like they used to (misalignment of top and bottom teeth)
- Having headaches or neck pains often
- Pain, muscle spasms, and stiffness in the jaw area
- Stuffiness and ringing of your ears, which may also be painful
- When your jaw moves, it makes a popping or clicking sound
If you experience some of these symptoms, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bietsch, who can help with diagnosis and solutions.
What to Expect
We will perform a series of tests and diagnostic imaging services to help diagnose what is wrong with your jaw. Of course, Dr. Bietsch will start with the least invasive treatment before suggesting an invasive, surgical procedure.
After your examination and imaging, there are many possible suggestions Dr. Bietsch can make as not every TMJ/TMD patient is the exact same. Here are some of our typical recommendations:
- Bite realignment and adjustment of your teeth
- Jaw exercises prescribed by your doctor
- The consistent use of an oral appliance, such as a splint or night guard
- Surgical orthodontics
Whichever treatment is chosen in your treatment planning, we will do our best to help you relieve your pain and keep your smile healthy!
After your diagnosis, there are other non-medical solutions you can do at home to help with the symptoms. It is best to avoid chewy, hard foods and eat a softer diet until the pain decreases and is under control. You may want to rest your jaw more often and be consistent in wearing oral appliances that protect your bite from resting at an uncomfortable angle. Keeping your posture in check can also help.
Follow all the recommendations and pain management strategies that Dr. Bietsch suggests to try to avoid medication or muscle relaxers. However, there are times when patients will benefit from medications to aid in pain relief and the muscle relaxation process.
If you are wondering what other things you can do to limit jaw and facial pain, here is a list of tips to try to improve your situation:
- Limit how much you chew gum. The constant motion will aggravate and inflame the jaw joints.
- Do your best to not clinch and grind your teeth, especially when you are stressed out.
- When you are eating, move the food to both sides of your mouth while chewing. Many people favor a certain side to chew on, and this can cause unnecessary pain from overuse.
- When you are sitting or lying down for long periods of time, do not prop your chin on anything (e.g. your hand, arm, or pillow) as the pressure puts undue stress on your face and jaw. This can make your face and jaw really sore over time.
- Keep your facial expressions relaxed and have good posture. Not only will you look better, but you'll feel healthier too. Poor posture includes keeping your chin up, back tall and straight, and not slumping your shoulders.
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Less Jaw & Face Pain Today
We would like to extend a complimentary consultation at our orthodontics office in Prosper, TX at the earliest convenience of our Far North Dallas neighbors. Dr. Bietsch can help relieve jaw discomfort, even if it comes and goes, with pain management strategies, oral appliances (night guards/splints), or surgical orthodontics. Whatever the reason for your pain, we will help you treat this painful condition of the jaw. Call today for your private assessment in our office at BIETSCH Orthodontics.