Do you believe that you may be suffering from TMJ disorder? Continue reading to learn about the symptoms of TMJ disorder, what causes it and how you can treat it.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ symptoms can cause you pain and discomfort, making your everyday life more difficult because of constant or recurring pain. Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for other issues. If you believe you are suffering from TMJ Disorder, you should schedule an examination with your dentist or doctor.
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Pain in your jaw joints
- Pain in or around your ears
- Earaches or ear pain
- Popping sounds in ears
- Pain while chewing
- Facial pain or aching
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Neck stiffness or aches
Related: TMJ Headaches and Migraines
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ disorder is a recurring localized pain disorder that can headaches and pain in your jaw, jaw joint and surrounding muscles.
What causes TMJ Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the movable joint that interacts with other parts of your jaw. Its movement should be normal and smooth, but if the movement becomes hindered, it can cause pain and TMJ disorder.
- The TMJ joint moves out of its normal alignment
- The TMJ joint has eroded
- TMJ joint is affected by arthritis
- TMJ joint suffers a serious blow or impact
- Injuries to teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Injuries to jaw
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Connective tissue diseases
- Gum chewing
What are Treatments for TMJ?
Depending on the cause, in some cases, the symptoms of TMJ disorders may go away without treatment. When symptoms persist and cause long term pain, there are a variety of treatment options your dentist or doctor can recommend.
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Mouth guards
- Physical therapy
- Surgical procedures
- Therapeutic Botox injections
- Modified condylotomy
- Arthrotomy (open joint surgery)
Related: TMJ Pain Relief
What are the Costs of TMJ Treatments?
Contact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder, and discuss possible headache treatments with you.
We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.
Call us at (972) 964-3774
David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.
More TMJ Resources: Mayo Clinic – MedicineNet.com – Medcenter TMJ – WebMD – Wikipedia