Stress may trigger pain in the jaw muscles that is very similar to that caused by TMJ problems. Affected patients frequently clench or grind their teeth at night causing painful spasms in the muscles and difficulty in moving the jaw. Patients may also experience a combination of muscle and joint problems. That is why diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures.
For some patients, the disorders may disappear by themselves; for others, they may come and go or may worsen over time. TMJ disorders are often managed, rather than cured. There are several ways TMJ disorders may be managed. The success of the treatment often depends upon you and Dr. Sanchez
working together to find what works to relieve your symptoms.