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If you experience unexplained headaches, especially in the morning, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint. Such pain is often referred to as TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Mild TMJ/TMD pain can often successfully be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

TMJ/TMD pain is experienced by millions of Americans, the majority of them female. Suffering in silence is a common practice of many people affected by this condition. The pain caused by the disorder can be localized in the jaw or it can radiate out into other parts of the head and upper body.

Sometimes earaches can also be associated with TMJ/TMD.

The exact cause of this condition is not known; however, the resulting pain can be attributed to several different factors including:

  • Stress that leads to involuntary clenching of the teeth, producing additional stress on jaw muscles.
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism
  • Dislocation of a cushioning disc of cartilage where the jaw connects to the cranium
  • Injury to the temporomandibular joint

Treatment of TMJ/TMD can alleviate the pain and improve your quality of life. When daily activities are impacted by jaw pain, it is time to seek relief and find a solution.

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Treatment for TMJ/TMD is available, although in many situations, the pain may resolve on its own over time, especially if temporary stress is causing you to clench your teeth. In these situations, once the stressor is removed, the clenching stops and so does the pain.

When TMJ/TMD pain is severe and/or chronic, treatment is available. Dr. Perkins has experience in treating TMJ/TMD and can provide you relief from the discomfort. Individuals experiencing chronic stress may benefit from learning to relax and practicing stress-relieving exercises to help ease the muscles.

Get an Accurate Diagnosis

Your first step in alleviating the pain caused by TMJ/TMD is to get an accurate diagnosis. Jaw pain can be caused by other conditions, so it is important to identify the cause of your pain. Ruling out certain conditions is important. Keep in mind also that long-term use of OTC pain relievers can have a negative effect on your health, so it is important to have your pain diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Make an appointment with Smiles in Malibu, and Dr. Perkins will diagnose your condition and recommend effective treatment.

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