TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders can cause intense pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the jaw, face, neck, and shoulders. TMJ disorders can be caused by a variety of issues, including:

  • Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or head and neck muscles
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ area
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth (bruxism)
  • Stress

Some typical symptoms of TMJ disorders include the following:

  • A locked jaw
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing
  • Pain in the face, jaw joint area, in or around the ear, or neck and shoulders when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
  • Swelling in the face or jaw areas
  • Frequent tension headaches or migraines
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding sounds in the jaw joint when you move your mouth

Dr. Mark Jensen will thoroughly evaluate your circumstances and consult you to determine the optimal treatment for your TMJ disorder and dental needs. Our team may recommend straightforward self-care practices, stress management practices, a night guard, or other treatments. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from of a TMJ disorder, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation and to learn more about treatment for the TMJ in Independence, Missouri. Our experienced dentist and team look forward to meeting you and to helping you find comfort in a solution.