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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder, or TMJ/TMD, affects as many as 30% of adults between 20 and 40 years of age. As part our general dentistry services at Avalon Dental Group, treatment for this disorder will lessen the associated jaw pain and tension headaches caused by TMJ.

Did you know that as many as 90% of Americans suffer from tension headaches, a common symptom of TMD? If you’ve been suffering from tension headaches that don’t seem to respond to normal care and over-the-counter medications, you may be suffering from the effects of TMD.

When the cause is TMD, most often it’s brought on by tension, which is rooted in the jaw bone and surrounding muscles. A thorough examination and consultation with your dentist will help narrow down the exact cause of the tension.

A common cause of TMJ is teeth grinding while sleeping or stress-related clenching of the teeth. The dental care team will administer tests that will help isolate the cause of the TMJ in order to customize treatment.

Jaw Pain Symptoms and Treatment

Common symptoms of TMJ are:

  • popping or clicking in the jaw
  • jaw pain
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • facial pain
  • pain or swelling in the temples

Tension headaches and jaw pain resulting from TMJ can be severe, causing loss of sleep and an inability to focus on daily tasks to the point of being completely debilitating. Pain in the jaw muscles and joint can be caused by misalignment, tooth grinding, arthritis, even poor posture. That’s why it’s so important for your dental care team to administer tests before setting about treatment. Dr. Yu will ask you a series of questions regarding your personal history, when and where the onset of pain occurs to help localize the cause.

Contact us today at Avalon Dental Group to schedule a consultation for treating your TMJ/TMD symptoms.

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