TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders can cause severe pain and discomfort 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
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth (bruxism)
  • Stress

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders can include:

  • A locked (stuck) jaw
  • Difficulty 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
  • Frequent tension headaches or migraines
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open and close your mouth

Dr. Carole Gleich DDS will carefully examine and consult you to determine the best available treatment for your TMJ disorder. We may recommend simple self-care practices, stress management, a night guard, or other treatment. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort because 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 Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Our friendly dentist and team look forward to helping you find comfort in a solution.