TMJ

David H. Lee, DDS, MSD -  - Board-Certified Orthodontists

Lee Orthodontics

David H. Lee, DDS, MSD

Board-Certified Orthodontists located in Concord, CA

Chronic pain in your jaw can interfere with your ability to speak properly and chew food, reducing your quality of life. If you're among the 10 million Americans suffering from pain relating to TMJ syndrome, there are effective treatments available. At Lee Orthodontics in Concord, California, board-certified orthodontist Dr. David H. Lee offers both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to relieve the pain and movement limitations of TMJ syndrome. To be relieved of your chronic jaw pain, schedule an appointment online or by phone. We are happily accepting new patients in the East Bay area, including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ syndrome?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone and your skull. It works like a sliding hinge, and you have one joint on each side of your jaw. When your jaw falls out of alignment, you can experience persistent pain in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling your jaw. This condition is known as TMJ syndrome.


What causes TMJ syndrome?

TMJ syndrome can be the result of a number of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Jaw injury
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding

Dr. Lee evaluates the health and positioning of your jaw to determine the cause of your jaw joint pain.


What are the symptoms of TMJ syndrome?

Symptoms of TMJ syndrome can come and go, or grow worse over time. In more severe cases, TMJ-related pain can interfere with your ability to eat or speak.

You may also experience one or more of the following symptoms of TMJ syndrome:

  • Jaw tenderness and pain
  • Aching sensations around your ear
  • Pain while chewing or talking
  • Difficulties opening or closing your mouth

TMJ syndrome can also cause a grating or clicking sound when you move your jaw. If you experience these noises when your jaw moves and have pain, you may need treatment for TMJ syndrome.


What treatments are available for TMJ syndrome?

Dr. Lee first conducts a thorough evaluation of your jaw position and overall oral health. He may move your jaw around to determine your range of motion and identify areas of discomfort or pain. If Dr. Lee thinks you might have TMJ syndrome, he may order additional testing, such as X-rays, to confirm the condition.

To relieve pain in the jaw joint, Dr. Lee may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Ice packs or heat packs can also reduce jaw pain.

Dr. Lee may also offer guidance about therapeutic exercises you can do at home to strengthen and increase flexibility in your jaw muscles.

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Lee may recommend surgical orthodontics. This procedure allows him to move your jaw into the correct position to prevent chronic pain and eliminate limitations in your jaw movement.

Additionally, you should avoid overusing your jaw muscles by staying away from chewy or sticky foods, such as candies and gum.

To learn more about treatments for TMJ syndrome, schedule an appointment online or call the office. We are happily accepting new patients in the East Bay area, including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.