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Do You Have a Problem with TMJ?

TMJ Pain

Is TMJ causing my pain?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Located just in front of the ear, it is the joint that connects your lower jaw to the rest of your head, allowing the jaw to move freely while biting, chewing, and speaking. Problems related to the TMJ can affect jaw muscles, teeth, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Times of stress can cause or aggravate TMJ, since most of the discomfort is attributed to overuse of muscles during clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism).

TMJ symptoms can manifest in different ways:

  • A headache, especially in the temporal (side) region
  • Soreness or stiffness of the neck
  • An earache without an infection
  • Jaw pain or soreness, especially in morning or late afternoon
  • Jaw pain when talking, yawning, or eating
  • Jaw becomes stiff or locked when talking, yawning, or eating
  • Clicking of the jaw joint
  • Teeth are painful or sensitive, with no apparent dental problem

How is it treated?

Most of the time, TMJ cases can be treated with rest, a mild pain-killer, and/or practicing some relaxation techniques. Work diligently to break bad habits of clenching or grinding teeth, and if you experience bruxism at night, we can make you a comfortable mouth guard to prevent the extra wear and tear!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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