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Better Understanding Your TMJ Pain

No one enjoys dealing with chronic pain. Pain in and around the mouth is particularly bothersome. If you’re dealing with tooth or jaw pain, seek help from an experienced dentist right away. At Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, we specialize in diagnosing and treating TMJ pain so you can live your life without discomfort. If you’re a resident of Santa Barbara or Goleta, CA, we encourage you to visit our dental clinic for help with TMJ pain.

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What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, or TMJ, is a widespread condition among adults in the United States. This condition involves chronic pain in the joint and is commonly accompanied by severe headaches, teeth grinding, and ringing in the ears. These symptoms can weigh heavily on your daily life, making it much more difficult to enjoy meals and talking with friends. Fortunately, your dentist can effectively treat this condition. The team at Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones is well-equipped to test, diagnose, and create a treatment plan for TMJ.

Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment

TMJ pain is often very uncomfortable and persistent. Because of this chronic pain, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Symptoms may worsen without treatment, and you may develop bruxism as well. If we catch TMJ early, you may not need surgery to readjust your bite, and you may never develop teeth grinding tendencies that can damage the structure of your teeth. If you believe you have symptoms of TMJ or any of the below risk factors, ask us about treatment:

  • Arthritis elsewhere in the body
  • Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Recent jaw injury

How We Can Help Treat TMJ

When you visit us with TMJ pain, our first course of action will be to officially diagnose your condition. Once we have confirmed that TMJ is the source of your discomfort, we will start to develop a treatment plan. Our team may take an impression of your teeth to create a mouthguard, or we may opt for realignment. Realigning the teeth requires adjusting both the top and bottom teeth and changing how they come together. This procedure is not painful, and our team has had lots of success with it. We encourage you to give us a call to discuss these potential treatments.

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