TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, a clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
At Charleston Oral and Facial Surgery, our surgeons will work closely with your dentist to manage your TMJ and facial pain condition.
We also utilize Botox to treat myofascial pain symptoms, specifically muscular spasms, which can result in headaches or contribute to migraines. Please call for a consultation today 843-762-9028.