Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The temporomandibular joint is a joint which connects your jaw bones to the temporal bones in your skull. These joints are located at the front of each ear and they allow your jaw to move so that you can speak, chew and yawn. Problems with the way your jaw moves or the muscles that control it are often referred to as TMJ.
Causes of TMJ
There is no one specific cause of TMJ as many things can result in this disorder. Some causes include repeated teeth grinding, arthritis in the joint and injuries such as whiplash. TMJ can be a temporary disorder or it can last for years. Research is also being done to determine if there is a genetic link associated with the disorder. Although, it is often difficult for a dentist to determine the cause of TMJ, it can often be relieved with nonsurgical treatments.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ manifests with many different symptoms and is easy to misdiagnose. Some symptoms include pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching around the ears, difficulty chewing or locking of the joint. This disorder can also cause a clicking sound during jaw movement which can also be associated with pain.
Tenderness and facial swelling can be tell-tale signs of TMJ. Other symptoms include dizziness, earaches, ringing in the ears and even shoulder pain. Many times, this disorder can cause a generally tired feeling in the face and even a sudden uncomfortable bite. An uncomfortable bite can make teeth feel as if they are not fitting together properly, which is also associated with repeated grinding.
Our Office Treats TMJ
If you have any of the above symptoms, call our office today. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or you are experiencing repeated symptoms, make an appointment with our office immediately. Our highly trained staff has experience diagnosing and successfully treating this disorder. TMJ is treatable and our gentle staff is always happy to answer questions and help you explore all your treatment options.