Chronic Jaw Pain Could Be Related to TMJ
The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, connects your jaw to the base of the skull and should have a smooth movement when opening and closing your mouth. When someone suffers from TMJ disorder (TMD), their joint causes pain and discomfort. This pain can be anywhere from a mild discomfort to a chronic, severe pain. Around 35 million Americans suffer from some form of TMJ disorder. Dr. Howard Abrahams offers treatments for TMJ disorder at our Miami Beach practice to give you back your life.
TMJ Disorder Can Affect More Than Just Your Jaw
TMJ disorder occurs when the tissue and muscles around the jaw joint become overworked or damaged. Not only does this cause discomfort and problems with the jaw, but those with TMD may experience chronic fatigue, headaches, trouble sleeping and back/shoulder pain. The majority of those affected by this condition are women, but men are susceptible too.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
- Arthritis of the jaw joints
- Facial injury
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Infection or autoimmune disease
- Jaw misalignment
Personalized Treatments to Relieve Your Jaw Pain
While minor cases of TMJ disorder can go away with time or at-home care, Dr. Abrahams offers more advanced options to help those who suffer from severe TMD. Our treatments can range from changing the way your bite functions to injections like BOTOX® or jaw surgery. TMD can be a painful and difficult condition and can get worse if left untreated. Dr. Abrahams is an experienced dental specialist and can help you find a treatment option that best suits your needs.