How has your jaw been feeling lately? Problems with facial discomfort can take over your life. Whether it’s head pain, jaw pain, or sinus pain, that ache is so central and prominent that it’s nearly impossible to ignore. When common daily activities are uncomfortable for you, it’s tough to persevere. If your discomfort is stemming from a TMJ disorder, Dr. Kim Okamura and our staff will be able to help you. The first step is reaching a diagnosis.

Is Your Pain Stemming from a TMJ Disorder?

Jaw pain can rise from vague sources. If your jaw has been overworked or misused, it will probably feel uncomfortable. But this pain doesn’t necessary mean that you have a full-blown TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint is a delicate part of your mouth, which is open to problems. When your jaw pain is caused by problems with the jaw muscles or the joint itself, that is a TMJ disorder.

In order to determine the true cause of your discomfort, we will

  • Take x-rays of your jaw
  • Gently explore areas around your jaw to pinpoint pain
  • Evaluate your jaw motion
  • Examine your bite and its alignment
  • Listen for sounds that indicate TMJ problems

Other Causes of Jaw Pain

Even if you don’t have a TMJ disorder, you will still want to deal with your jaw pain, and we want to help. Other potential causes of aching jaws include

  • Chronic teeth grinding or clenching

  • Sinus infection
  • Arthritis
  • Malocclusion
  • Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
  • Cavities
  • Periodontal disease

Treatments for TMJ disorders can extend to other causes of jaw discomfort. We welcome you to explore your treatment options, whether they are TMJ massage, a night guard, or even Botox. Get in touch with our office to end your period of pain. We’re eager to get your jaw back to normal.

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.