Have you been noticing pain in your jaw lately? Do you find it difficult to open your mouth wide or chew your food without experiencing this type of pain in your jaw? You may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, and so should visit our Torrance TMJ Specialist, Dr. Paul Grin, so that he can evaluate your symptoms and offer the most helpful treatment options. TMJ disorders are complicated because there is still much for the medical community to learn and understand about them. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It controls how your jaw moves, how you open and close your mouth, chew, and et cetera.
There are several different causes associated with TMJ disorders, and unfortunately it is common for even experts like our Torrance TMJ specialist to uncover exactly why your TMJ pain is occurring. It can often be a combination of causes put together. Some of these causes include: the disk eroding or moving away from its proper placement, damage to the joint due to arthritis, damage to the joint from trauma, clenching your teeth often, and grinding your teeth.
These causes lead to symptoms such as: pain or tenderness in and around the jaw, a feeling of aching pain close to your ear, feeling pain or discomfort while chewing, an aching feeling of pain in your face, and jaw locking, causing difficulty when opening and closing your mouth. If you notice any of these kinds of symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Torrance TMJ Specialist right away so that we can help find a solution to your discomfort and pain. Dr. Grin will then assess your symptoms and offer you a treatment option or combination of treatments that he feels will best relieve your symptoms based on his years of experience and expertise in the field. Some treatment options include: pain relievers, muscle relaxants, sedatives, bite guards, physical therapy, counseling, injections, and surgery.
To learn more about TMJ disorders and the services offered by our Torrance TMJ Expert, please visit Dr. Grin’s website, and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.