TMD/TMJ Pain Treatment
Reduce Pain and Stiffness in the Jaw

TMJ and TMD, is a temporomandibular joint disorder that can cause pain or stiffness in the jaw. If you have TMJ/TMD, you may also experience a clicking noise when opening and closing the jaw. TMJ and TMD pain treatment involves take-home solutions, but Dr. Sarah Latterell may recommend other treatment methods if the issue becomes more severe.

How Do You Know If You Have TMD/TMJ Pain?

TMD and TMJ pain can sometimes go away on its own. However, it’s important to consult your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Pain near the ear
  • Stiffness when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty with normal movements such as laughing or smiling
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sporadic teeth that ache

TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors, such as arthritis, genetics, injury, bruxism or sleep apnea. If you’re unsure of your risk factors, it is always best to speak with a professional for advice.

What Are TMD/TMJ Pain Treatment Methods?

At your appointment, Dr. Sarah will provide an overall assessment of your mouth and the TMJ issue. She will assess the muscles of the face for tenderness/tightness. She will listen closely for any clicking sounds in the jaw and observe your range of motion when opening and closing. If needed, she will take an X-ray or refer you for additional imaging. A discussion of jaw posture and habits, medical/dental/social history, sleep and airway issues will help aid in diagnosis.
Most TMD/TMJ pain treatment methods can be performed at home. Dr. Sarah may recommend the following:

  • Take anti-inflammatory medications at scheduled intervals
  • Eat soft foods
  • Practice specific jaw exercises to strengthen the muscles
  • Use a cold compress to relax the muscles
  • Reduce caffeine intake
  • Watch for teeth grinding (she may recommend a night guard if the issue persists)

If pain persists, Dr. Sarah may recommend a custom appliance or more involved procedures to manage TMD/TMJ pain.

Learn More About Your Options

You can book an appointment with Dr. Sarah Latterell to learn more about your options for TMD/TMJ pain treatment.