TMJ/Oral Facial Pain Specialist

Morris Family Dentistry

Family Dentists located in Zachary, LA

Oral and facial pain can interfere with your speaking and eating ability, in addition to causing discomfort. Chad Morris, DDS, and Noelle Davis, DDS, take a comprehensive approach to orofacial pain, considering the underlying factors that contribute to pain rather than just treating it. The providers at Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, Louisiana, care about your TMJ pain, as it pertains to your whole quality of life. If you’re looking for relief from face or jaw pain, contact the practice by phone, or request your appointment online today.

TMJ/Oral Facial Pain

What is TMJ syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) is a condition that causes pain in the joints of the jaw. In addition to tenderness on either side of your mouth, you may notice a clicking or popping sound, reduced movement in your jaw, or ear pain as a result of TMJ disorder.

The cause of pain and inflammation associated with TMJ syndrome can usually be attributed to one or more of the following:

  • Genetic factors
  • Arthritis
  • Injury or trauma
  • Bruxism (grinding or clenching)
  • Misalignment

TMJ syndrome is a common source of facial pain, but other conditions can also cause similar discomfort. 

What other conditions cause facial pain?

Aside from TMJ disorder, the following conditions may cause orofacial pain: 

  • Toothache: tooth pain that causes referred pain in the face and jaw
  • Trigeminal neuralgia: painful sensations in the facial nerves
  • Sinus issues: sinus pressure that causes facial tenderness

Most causes of facial pain are harmless, but a proper evaluation is necessary to ensure the most effective treatment approach. If you experience persistent pain in your jaw or oral-facial complex, your dentist at Morris Family Dentistry can help. 

How can a dentist help with TMJ and oral-facial complex pain?

A dentist can help you uncover the cause of your TMJ pain and address it with effective treatment. Dr. Morris and Dr. Davis use a holistic, systemic approach to investigate the root cause and effects of TMJ disorder. 

For example, your dentist may discover that stress causes you to clench your jaw often, leading to TMJ pain. Not only can they help you find solutions for jaw clenching, but they may also give you strategies to address the underlying stress.

Some of the strategies to relieve jaw or facial pain include:

  • Heat packs and massage
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Physical therapies
  • Medication
  • Mouthguard
  • Splint

In most cases, dentists can treat TMJ and facial pain with conservative treatment. Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist or doctor for more complex causes of orofacial pain.

If you experience pain in your mouth, face, or jaw, book an appointment with Morris Family Dentistry by phone, or request one online today.