If you suffer from frequent jaw pain, you may suffer from a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder deals with the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jawbone to the rest of your skull and is located on both sides of your head, just beneath your ears. If this joint becomes stressed, misaligned, or damaged in any way, it may result in serious pain and discomfort. Common signs of TMJ disorder include the following:

  • Chronic facial pain
  • Clicking, popping, and grinding sounds in the jaw joint when you open and close your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth very wide
  • Pain in the ears, neck, or shoulders
  • Frequent headaches
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain in the jaw joint when chewing, speaking, or yawning
  • Jaw pain

Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby is committed to finding the cause of the pain and treating your TMJ disorder for a healthy, pain-free life. The treatment will depend on the individual cause of the disorder and your specific needs. Treatment for the TMJ in Ithaca, New York, may include lifestyle changes, muscle relaxation exercises, a night guard to prevent bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), restorative dental care, a bite guard to achieve a more ideal jaw position, or more. In serious cases, we may suggest jaw surgery. If you suffer from jaw pain and believe you may have TMJ disorder, please contact our dentist at East Shore Dental Care. We look forward to improving your smile and health!