How do I know if my symptoms are caused by stress or TMJ disorder?
Your jaw is a tremendously complex joint, and pain and discomfort in the jaw can result from a number of issues, including TMJ disorder and stress. Furthermore, stress can exacerbate a TMJ disorder. So, if you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should have a dentist evaluate your case.
Once the cause or causes of the symptoms has been identified, you can begin to pursue treatment and eventually get relief from your symptoms.
Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder
A TMJ disorder can develop due to any of the components of the jaw, including the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and discs. This issue can create a range of symptoms, including:
- Pain in the jaw
- Pain that radiates into the ear or down the neck
- Evidence of bruxism
- Locking of the jaw
- Popping noises in the jaw while speaking or chewing
Because other issues, such as stress, can cause pain in the jaw, you should be further evaluated to pinpoint the problem (or problems) in your case.
Getting A TMJ Disorder Evaluation
It’s important for you to see a knowledgeable dentist who can evaluate your case to determine the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder. Any structural abnormalities that are contributing to the condition must be addressed in order for the patient to get symptom relief.
Your dentist will also take a thorough medical history and explore any stressors that may be contributing to your TMJ disorder symptoms. This comprehensive evaluation will then determine your course of treatment.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
We start with more conservative measures in treating TMJ disorder. For example, your symptoms may respond to a custom night guard that can manipulate the positioning of the jaw in order to eliminate the conditions that are causing your TMJ disorder.
If stress is a contributing factor to your TMJ disorder, you should also identify some effective stress management techniques, such as meditating or working with a psychotherapist.
If you’ve been suffering from symptoms that may be due to a TMJ disorder, don’t delay in calling the office of Dr. Randy Parham to schedule your evaluation. We can determine the cause of those symptoms and provide treatment that will give you some relief.