At Exquisite Smiles, we often see patients who are experiencing pain in their jaw when chewing or talking. Some feel a clicking or popping sensation. If you are also experiencing this, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). The jaw bone and skull are connected to the temporomandibular joint. If this joint is injured it could lead to; swelling on the sides of the face, nerve inflammation, headaches and tooth grinding.
Factors That Contribute to TMJ
The exact cause of TMJ disorder has not been established but it’s proven that many factors can contribute to the dysfunction including muscle tightness. TMJ disorder may be a result of other disorders or it may be the leading cause of TMJ for a person. Some of the factors that may contribute to TMJ are; Misalignment of the teeth or jaw, trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, stress or anxiety, musculoskeletal disorders or excessive gum chewing. TMJ can be extremely painful and it can be temporary or long-term. It can affect one or both sides of a person’s face. This disorder is most common among people between the ages of twenty and forty but it can affect men or women of any age.
Symptoms of TMJ can include;
- A tired feeling in your face
- An uncomfortable bite
- Swelling of the face
- Jaw, neck or shoulder pain
- Ear pain when you open your mouth wide, speak or chew
- Jaws that get locked when the mouth is opened or closed
- Hearing issues
- Ringing in the ears
Don’t Suffer Through It
At Exquisite Smiles, we are proud to offer TMJ care. Living with optimal pain-free dental health is important, contact us today to make an appointment so we can get you on the road to wellness.