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Jaw Pain & TMJ

Are you experiencing pain in your jaw and ear? Do you have a popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth? Have you been suffering from headaches? These are just a few symptoms that could indicate that you may be suffering from TMD. TMD is a disorder with the temporomandibular joint that connects the skull to the jaw.

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Chronic Jaw Pain

TMD is chronic and needs to be diagnosed and treated by a professional. Dr. Bijan Afar and the team at Mid-Wilshire Dental Care understand TMD and the impact it has on our patients’ lives.

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and is often confused with TMJ, which stands for the joint itself. The TMJ is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. You have two, one on each side of your head. Even though it’s hard to diagnose a cause for TMD, the symptoms are painful, chronic, and can make life difficult. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include jaw or ear pain, neck or shoulder pain, chronic headaches or migraines, clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth, difficulty when chewing, and throat pain. TMD needs to be managed over time and requires a knowledgeable team to treat it successfully.

The team at Mid-Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles recognizes TMD as a painful, yet manageable condition that needs to be treated long term. That being said, we are able to come up with long-term treatment plans that will help ease your pain and get your life back to normal. Although there is no cure for TMD, it can be treated with various medicines, mouth guards, dental work, and in some more severe cases, dental surgery. If you or your loved one has any symptoms of TMD, give us a call at (323) 931-2000 so that we can help get you a diagnosis. When you arrive at Mid-Wilshire Dental Care, you will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable staff in a peaceful environment. Our calming team will help you get out of pain and be on your side long-term.

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Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

Here is some easy-to-follow information about TMD relating to jaw pain as well as helpful information on what to expect.

    Headaches: Headaches and dizziness can be caused by TMJ disorder - you may feel nauseated.
    Tinnitus: Ear pain, hearing loss or ringing in the ears is not uncommon when dealing with TMJ disroder.
    Jaw Joint Pain: Jaw joint pain and facial muscle pain which can radiate to the head and neck. Pain when chewing, talking and yawning.
    Swelling: The face and mouth can swell on the affected side and the jaw can lock open or closed.
    Neck Pain: You may experience tightness, soreness, and, in some cases, sharp pain moving or rotating your head.
    Swallowing: Muscle spams can make chewing and swallowing difficult and at times impossible.

“OMG! I came to this office having been referred by my dental plan. My jaw was aching and I could not stand the pain any longer. Front desk staff are very friendly, got my paperwork and insurance verified in no time. I saw the dentist and later consulted with the oral surgeon. Both very nice, gentle, and considerate of my pain and fear!”

Cathy K.

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