Experiencing TMJ Jaw Pain and living in the Los Angeles area?
In order to understand the source of your jaw pain, you may consider consulting with Dr. Eddie Siman, the TMJ expert. Many of our patients reported that their jaw pain often comes and goes and the severity of the pain fluctuates. They also stated that at times the jaw feels hot to the touch.
Jaw pain and loss of range of motion... What's going on?
• When you bite down, do you feel pain?
• Do you wake up with jaw pain?
• Are you restricted in how wide you can open your mouth?
• When you chew or even flex your jaw, does it result in popping or clicking?
• Have friends or family members commented on how loud that popping/clicking is?
• Do you find yourself going to Chiropractor to have them massage your jaw only to be in their chair a few weeks later?
• Are you massaging your jaw pain or using ice packs to relieve the jaw pain
If you answered yes to even one of the above questions, something probably isn’t right and it’s time to find out what is really going on? Call Today: (310) 746-5729.
Jaw Pain, Teeth Wear And Tear, And Misaligned Jaw
As with anything you use daily, over time there will be significant wear and tear. The same principle applies to your teeth. Think about it.. You use them all day, day-in and day-out. Practically everything you do requires using your teeth.
Each day, your teeth help you to talk, breathe, kiss, eat, drink and swallow. You chew with them, bite with them, grind them, brush them, floss them and generally (subconconsciously) abuse them.
When you have a misaligned jaw and the resulting bad bite, the wear and tear on your teeth is significantly more rapid. The erosion on your teeth can lead to uneven tooth wear, jaw pain, loss of range of jaw motion, gum recession and many other symptoms – all connected to TMJ.
What was that noise? Jaw Clicking, Popping, And Snapping
If you notice constant clicking, popping and snapping when during everyday activities, something isn’t right. Clicking, popping and pain are indicators that your jaw joint is unstable, that it’s not working properly.
You have a disc of cartilage inside of your jaw joint to keep the jaw bones from rubbing against each other. When the jaw muscles displace this disc, the joints rub together, causing a clicking and popping sound. Sometimes, it is loud enough to be heard by others. When your jaw is misaligned and not properly supported, its range of motion can be limited. For example, you are at a friend’s dinner party and suddenly your mouth won’t open wide enough to eat. When you yawn or talk, you feel as though your jaw needs to be supported. Don't ignore the sounds, though the noises may not bother you, they are a signs of bigger problems.
The War Between Your Jaw Muscles And Your Teeth
In the war between your jay muscles and your teeth, three things may occur:
• When the muscles win, rapid tooth wear results
• When the teeth win, muscle tension and stress along with headaches and other TMD problems may result
• And worst case scenario: you may experience a combination of both jaw misalignment and teeth wear can seriously impact the appearance of your face. A poorly aligned jaw creates deterioration of your teeth, causing them to look chipped and worn.
The result can be shortened teeth, causing:
• Changes in lip shape
• Wrinkles and creases forming and deepening on the sides of the jaw.