TMJ is an abbreviation for “temporomandibular joint.” A disorder of the TMJ is any condition in which the muscles and/or the joint itself is impaired by pain or dysfunction. TMJ disorder is common and difficult to specifically diagnose. These disorders are often treated with palliative measures to relieve tension and pain.
Do you worry that you may suffer from complications with your TMJ? What are the signs of a TMJ disorder?
1.-Locking or limited movement of the jaw
A click or a pop on opening the jaw is normal for some people. Many times, unusual motion or noise is inexplicably characteristic to a certain patient’s individual anatomy. If you notice a change, however, in the way your jaw feels or functions, that could be a sign that your TMJ is symptomatic.
2.-Pain in the jaw or the surrounding muscles while chewing
This is the most common sign of TMJ disorder. Your jaw needs to move naturally, often, and comfortably to enable you to do normal activities such as speaking, eating, and yawning. Any pain while opening your jaw is not normal and should be addressed.
3.-Pain that extends from the jaw into the head, neck, mouth and ear
Some patients with persistent headaches, neck pain, or an inexplicable earache have found the source to be radiating out from a dysfunctional TMJ.
TMJ disorders can be caused by many factors. If your TMJ is bothering you, a careful examination of your medical and dental history may yield some clues. For some patients, arthritis can affect their TMJ. Other cases are attributed to stress on the muscles through excessive grinding and clenching.
Talk with your dentist for help along the journey to finding relief for TMJ discomfort.
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Suwanee, GA 30024
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