Do You Think You May Be Suffering From TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a condition that has a painful impact on the joints of your jaw. We know that jaw pain is very common, but a TMJ disorder can cause various symptoms that may not be associated with common jaw pain. We want you to be aware of some of the common signs and symptoms of TMJ so you can get the treatment you need in time.

When your jaw muscles are not aligned properly, the pain will be felt in your jaw, but the pain will be felt in other places as well. As a result of TMJ disorder, you may also feel pain in your face, teeth, head, shoulders, and neck. If you do have TMJ, you will likely have the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain(inside the jaw and around the jaw)
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Pain in your ear that will feel like you have an earache
  • A feeling of ear pressure
  • Your teeth will be sensitive
  • Difficulties eating food
  • You will hear noises when you close your mouth and open your mouth
  • Tension in your head, neck, shoulders
  • The feeling that your jaw has locked as you are yawning or chewing, and even talking
  • Dizziness

There are various causes of TMJ disorder, and some of the causes are listed below:

  • Arthritis
  • Injuries
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Clenching of the jaw

When you make an appointment with your dentist, your dentist will determine the best treatment for you. Treatment will not be the same for everyone. Until you are able to visit your doctor, you may find some comfort in exercising your jaw and using ice packs to help numb the pain. If you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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