TMJ & Joint Pain - Dental Services in Parkersburg, WV

What is TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ syndrome is when the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, is injured or damaged and causes pain. It often can be relieved with home remedies, such as icing the area, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), gentle stretching of the jaw, or stress reduction. However, if these remedies do not offer enough pain relief, contact Dr. Hardesty in Parkersburg, WV, so he can provide you with professional options. It is important to pinpoint the cause of this pain, as it could be derived from many different factors:

  • Jaw/tooth injury
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Gum Chewing
  • & More

How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Syndrome?

There are many different signs and symptoms of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, syndrome. If you are experiencing jaw pain, pay attention to your specific symptoms, as different remedies and treatments can help. These symptoms include:

  • Pain in the joint of the jaw
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Earaches
  • Popping sounds in ears
  • Headaches
  • Stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • Temple pain
  • Jaw joint locking

What Dr. Hardesty Can Do to Relieve TMJ/Jaw Pain

If home remedies are not working, Dr. Hardesty and his staff can provide you with the dental care necessary to get your jaw – and your life – back on track. Depending on how severe your pain is, or what is causing it, your dentist may recommend any of the following TMJ Syndrome treatments:

  • Botox injections
  • Dental splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Surgery
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