TMJ Pain Specialist

SAAV Prosthodontics P.C.

Prosthodontists located in Livonia, MI

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can drastically reduce your quality of life. If you suffer from difficult chewing, headaches, or pain near your jaw, experienced prosthodontist Sharitha Uchil, MSD, and the team at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, offer relief. They use advanced TMJ treatments to restore jaw function and reduce discomfort. Schedule an appointment with SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. by phone or online to learn more about your options.

TMJ Pain Q & A

What is TMJ pain?

TMJ pain results from issues with your jaw joint the sliding hinges that connect your skull to your jawbone. The exact cause of TMJ disorder isn’t known, but it often results in chronic pain and limited jaw function if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The following signs and symptoms might indicate you have a TMJ disorder and pain associated with TMJ:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Problems chewing
  • Pain with chewing
  • Chronic headaches
  • Pain near your jaw joint
  • Aching pain by your ear
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of your jaw joint
  • Problems opening or closing your mouth

TMJ pain can range in severity from mild to severe. If discomfort doesn’t subside on its own or causes debilitating pain, see the SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. team for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for TMJ pain?

The following factors can increase your risk of experiencing TMJ pain:

  • Misaligned discs
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage damage
  • Jaw injuries
  • Teeth grinding or clenching 
  • Connective tissue diseases

Often the root cause of cause of TMJ pain isn’t entirely clear, but treatment at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. can restore joint function and relieve symptoms nonetheless.

How is TMJ pain diagnosed?

To diagnose TMJ disorders and pain, your prosthodontist reviews your medical history and discusses symptoms. They complete a dental exam, evaluate jaw joint function, and may use dental X-rays or other imaging procedures. Your provider makes a final diagnosis and reviews treatment options with you.

What is the treatment for TMJ pain?

Your personalized TMJ treatment plan at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. might include one or more of the following:

Physical therapy

Your prosthodontist shows you which jaw flexibility and strength exercises help reduce chronic pain and optimize jaw joint function. Massaging your jaw regularly can enhance healing too.

Oral devices

Wearing oral devices, such as mouthguards and oral splints, can alleviate TMJ discomfort associated with an improper bite, clenching, or grinding.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques can reduce stress and prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth.

Injections

Your prosthodontist offers corticosteroid and Botox® injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate TMJ pain without surgery or downtime.

Minimally invasive procedures

In severe cases of TMJ pain, your SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. specialist might recommend a minimally invasive procedure to restore jaw structure and function and achieve long-lasting comfort.

Don’t live with TMJ pain when simple treatments are available at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today for relief.