of Riverside Dental Group will explain more about the two conditions.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The ability to close and open your mouth is provided by your temporomandibular joints. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is usually suspected when patients present with pain and stiffness in those joints of the jaw. Jaw injuries, stress, and teeth grinding can all contribute to TMD. Among the efforts to make TMD pain less palpable are physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and customized mouthguards from your dentist which can be worn at night.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia patients complain of stiffness, aches, and pains in the muscles, joints, or even all over the body. This condition is commonly seen by doctors in the rheumatology field. Fibromyalgia is a soft tissue syndrome. Patients that have fibromyalgia often note that the pain can change throughout different spots of their body and to different degrees, on a daily basis. Approximately 8 million people (more women than men) in America suffer from the condition of fibromyalgia.

Connecting Fibromyalgia and TMJ Pain

Fibromyalgia pain is usually reported to be most frequent and severe in areas of the body that are used the most, or most active. The jaw and face, for example, is relied on for tasks such as talking, smiling, and eating. It is extremely common for people with fibromyalgia to express some TMJ pain. Naturally, a state of chronic pain causes anxiety, stress, and tension, which are known precursors for TMD.

TMJ Pain Relief in Riverside

If you are experiencing pain in the joints and muscles of your jaw, whether you suffer from fibromyalgia or not, you should visit your dentist for a consultation regarding TMJ disorder. Contact our 92506 dentist office today. Call (951) 369-1001 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Riverside and surrounding areas.