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How to Tell if You Have TMJ Syndrome
(Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome) in Greensboro, NC

Jaw pain, jaw popping, or jaw tenderness? You may have TMJ Syndrome.
If you have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, you are likely experiencing jaw popping and/or jaw clicking, face and head pain, temporary jaw "locking," and difficulty biting, as well as jaw stiffness, earaches, and even tinnitus.

What is TMJ?

TMJ Syndrome refers to acute or chronic pain in the jaw muscles used for chewing and/or the temporomandibular joint itself. The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to the main part of the skull. You have a TMJ on either side of your jaw, and each TMJ actually has two joints, which allow rotational and side-to-side movement.

TMJ Treatment Options at Scott A. Welch, DDS

Many TMJ cases are temporary if you rest and relax your jaw, giving it time to heal. However, if you're experiencing difficulty biting, chewing discomfort, jaw popping, or jaw and ear pain for more than a few weeks, you may need to seek other treatments at our Greensboro dentist office near New Garden Road in the Brassfield area.

Causes of TMJ Syndrome

TMJ disorder is usually caused by trauma to the jaw, repetitive clenching of the jaw muscles, or grinding teeth. Sometimes, it is caused by an uneven "bite" — your teeth are not lining up properly when you close your mouth or chew. Dr. Welch will check to be sure any tooth bridges, dental implants, or tooth overlays you have are intact and appropriately placed at his Greensboro family dental office. If you've had a mouth trauma (such as a punch to the face, car accident, a face-first fall or walk into a door, etc.), he'll check your bite to be sure the injury didn't significantly displace any teeth, affecting your mouth's alignment. If Dr. Welch discovers any problems during this checkup, he'll explain your treatment options. Ideally, fixing the tooth-related issues will resolve your ongoing TMJ-related pain.

If there are no obvious jaw structural concerns, Dr. Welch may recommend a specially molded mouthguard to help prevent you from grinding your teeth at night (often a cause of TMJ), or in the worst cases, dental surgery to get rid of your painful TMJ symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean if I have jaw pain?
If You Have Questions, or Would Like to Make an Appointment, Call 336.288.4499

If you're having any jaw pain or jaw popping in Greensboro, NC in the New Garden Road and Brassfield area or would like more information about TMJ Syndrome or other services, we welcome your questions. Scott A.Welch, DDS, is conveniently located in the Brassfield Professional Center off of New Garden Road in Greensboro, NC. Call us today at 336.288.4499 to make an appointment.