facial pain managementIn the first part of this series, we answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding TMJ and facial pain management. However, there are many more questions you need to know the answers to in order to receive a proper diagnosis and work toward chronic facial pain treatment options. Here are some more answers to common questions about jaw arthritis and other TMJ symptoms.

I was recently given a jaw splint, but it hasn’t helped my pain. What should I do?
If you were recently fitted with a jaw splint and wearing it as instructed, yet the pain remains or even gets worse, it could be for a number of reasons. Jawpain.ie says, “There are numerous splint designs and certainly they can aggravate not only the TMJ but can also change the bite / occlusion. It is universally accepted that all treatments should be conservative and there is no need to change ones bite to correct a TMJ problem. It is imperative that jaw splint therapy should not be used in isolation, but should be combined with a structured program that manage day time jaw habits such as clenching.”

What specific symptoms are signs that I may need treatment?
Most ongoing mouth issues mean that there could be an underlying issue. Short term symptoms aren’t necessarily related, but if you’ve been suffering from any of the common TMJ symptoms such as jaw arthritis and pain or teeth grinding for a prolonged period of time, talk to a dentist immediately. Even chronic headaches can be a symptom of TMJ. It’s important to stay proactive, be aware of these symptoms, and take immediate action if necessary.

Ultimately, about half to two-thirds of those with TMJ disorders will seek treatment. Among these, approximately 15% will develop chronic TMJD, and knowing the answers to these common questions about TMJ can help you maximize your chances at receiving treatment in a shorter amount of time. For more information about facial pain management or chronic headache treatment, contact TMJ Sleep Center.