TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ can cause jaw pain

TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ can cause jaw pain

Jaw pain? Seek out Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA for more info on TMJ

TMJ can cause jaw pain

Among many other symptoms, consistent jaw pain is the most common sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ. If you have jaw joint pain, it is important that you see a TMJ dentist such as Dr. benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA who specializes in the treatment for the disorder and it’s symptoms.

About TMJ disorder

The TMJ are the two joints that hold your lower jaw to your skull bone, one on each side. These joints allow your lower jaw to move up and down and side to side. Without those joints working as they are intended, you will find it difficult and painful to eat all but the softest foods. Sometimes, people with TMJ even have trouble opening their jaws widely enough to speak clearly. Being connected to various parts of the face and body, TMJ can cause other symptoms such as neck pain, teeth grinding, headaches & migraines, and many more.

Causes of TMJ disorder

TMJ can be caused by several disorders, injuries or inflammations:

  • You may have sustained an injury to your joints in an accident, fight or fall.
  • If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you probably have or soon will have a TMJ disorder. This is a very common reason and can be caused by jaw misalignment; a tooth that is higher than other teeth nearby; or, even simple stress expressed during sleep.
  • You may have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the joints.
  • There may be a dislocation of the discs inside the joints.
  • The disorder can also easily be caused by a daylong habit of walking around with a clenched jaw.

TMJ jaw pain relief

Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is trained to help patients with TMJ jaw pain using several methods:

  • Something as simple as cold or hot compresses will be able to relax clenched jaw muscles and relieve pain.
  • Prescriptions for pain relievers and muscle relaxers.
  • An examination may reveal teeth whose upper surfaces are not even with other teeth. Lowering the profile of the tooth or teeth and perhaps fitting them with crowns can help TMJ pain.
  • Physical therapy can help achieve a wider range of motion.
  • A mouth guard worn at night can help prevent grinding of teeth. The guard will also protect the enamel and tooth structure.
  • As a last resort, for severe cases, oral surgery may be necessary.

Relief from chronic jaw pain caused by TMJ is achievable! To begin your journey toward freedom from jaw joint pain, call the offices of Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA and book a consultation.

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Facial Pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Dr. Benjamin Polan faces off with TMJ facial pain in Beverly, MA

TMJ can cause facial pain

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint formed when your lower jaw bone fits into a shallow basin at the base of your temporal bone, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Many of us are aware that a misaligned TMJ can give us headaches, but it’s connection to the rest of the body can cause numerous other symptoms, especially pain around the facial area.

How is this facial pain caused?

Cranial nerve number seven (CN VII) is your Facial Nerve protruding from a tiny opening in the base of your skull located very near to the TMJ. It then sends branches to the muscles of your face that allow you to make different facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling and laughing. It also sends signals to the glands that form tears, your salivary glands, and the roof of your mouth and tongue.

Since CN VII also carries inward bound sensory information back to the brain, it carries pain signals, information about taste, and information about the position of your tongue and jaw back to the brain.

Dr. Benjamin Polan from Beverly, MA tells us the classic example of pain associated with the CN VII is Bell’s Palsy, in which infection by the Herpes Simplex virus causes inflammation of the facial nerve, which may lead to drooping eyelids, sagging jaw, loss of the sensation of taste and constant formation of tears on the affected side of the face. This may be accompanied by terrible pain if something even lightly touches the area.

Since the CN VII leaves the skull so near to the TMJ, problems with misalignment of the TMJ can lead to symptoms such as a terrible toothache or earache, or just general facial pain on one or both sides of the face. A TMJ dentist can help to diagnose your TMJ facial pain and take steps to correct the problem.

Treat the cause, not the symptoms

Dr. Benjamin Polan specializes in dental procedures for a variety of conditions in his office in Beverly, MA. His staff provide a warm, caring atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable and safe while being treated, and he has successfully treated many patients who experience facial pain due to underlying TMJ problems.

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