Jaw pain and facial soreness are two of the most distracting and debilitating dental concerns that we treat in our Towson, MD dental office. Often associated with TMJ disorders, jaw pain can be caused by a variety of issues within your smile. Most commonly we find that patients who hold their stress in the jawbone throughout the day are more likely to do so in their sleep as well. Additionally, patients with a history of teeth grinding are more at risk. This places excessive tension on your jaw joints and causes inflammation which leads to pain and discomfort. By addressing this issue with oral appliance therapy, Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson have helped many patients in our community manage their TMJ symptoms and restore their overall dental health.
TMJ Treatment in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson help many patients manage their jaw pain with our TMJ treatment plans. Our TMJ treatment plans often include the use of a nightguard which holds the jawbone in a healthier resting position as you sleep. This reduces the amount of tension surrounding your jaw joints throughout the day. Our team is here to answer any questions you might have about jaw pain or TMJ treatment options. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders are often associated with jawbone pain around the essential joints that you use every day to chew and speak. Additional symptoms include tension headaches, earaches, facial soreness, neck pain, and shoulder pain. You should report experiencing any of these symptoms to your dentist at your next appointment.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy, or the use of a nightguard, is an inexpensive yet highly effective method of treating mild to moderate TMJ disorders. It also helps to prevent symptoms caused by Bruxism, or teeth grinding. The nightguard can often allow patients to avoid extreme dental damages which will often require more expensive restorations. Additionally, the nightguard is simple to use and easy to maintain.
How can I reduce my jaw pain at home?
Beyond scheduling an appointment with your dentist to discuss professional options, practicing mindfulness at home can often help patients reduce the occurrence of their jaw pain. Leave yourself reminders around your home and workspace to unclench your jaw and relax your facial muscles. Avoid excessively chewy foods when experiencing jaw pain. Practice anti-anxiety breathing methods before bed to reduce stress while you sleep.
Schedule An Appointment
Do you suffer from a TMJ disorder? Are you suspicious that you’ve been experiencing the symptoms? Schedule an appointment with the dental professionals of Dental Excellence. Our practice has been providing comprehensive dental care for patients in the Towson area for over 40 years. We will gladly evaluate your smile and come up with a plan to restore your dental health and peace-of-mind.