Facial pain can have a variety of causes, and one of the less commonly known but equally debilitating conditions is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). In the heart of Los Angeles, Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a highly qualified expert in treating facial pain and TMJ disorders, offers comprehensive care to those suffering from DJD.
Understanding Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative Joint Disease, also known as osteoarthritis, is a progressive disorder affecting the joints. In the context of facial pain, it usually refers to the degeneration of the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. DJD occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to break down over time, leading to painful bone-on-bone contact.
Symptoms of Degenerative Joint Disease
Common symptoms of DJD affecting the temporomandibular joints include:
- Persistent facial pain, especially around the jaw area
- Difficulty and discomfort while opening the mouth or chewing
- A grating sensation or noise when opening or closing the mouth
- Reduced range of motion in the jaw
- Swelling around the joint
These symptoms can significantly impact daily life, making activities like eating, speaking, and even laughing uncomfortable.