How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in the area where the jaw meets the base of the skull and is responsible for all movements of the lower jaw. When functioning properly, this important joint enables us to seamlessly open and close our mouths to speak, chew, and yawn without any discomfort or complications. However, when not functioning properly, the temporomandibular joint can be the source of significant orofacial pain and numerous other concerns that may not initially seem related. This is known as TMD and/or TMJ disorder.
TMD can occur as a result of several different issues, including trauma to the jaw, over-tightening of jaw muscles, excessive clenching, arthritis, and more. Primary symptoms of this condition may include:
- Chronic headaches and/or earaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Persistent pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and/or back
- Popping or clicking sensations in the jaw
- An inability to properly open and close the mouth
- Numbness in extremities such as the arms and fingers
If you are experiencing any of these concerns, we recommend consulting with a qualified dentist who is skilled in treating TMJ disorder, such as Dr. Todd Mabry or Dr. Jeff Styskal. From medication and bite-realignment to jaw therapy and customized oral appliances, our dentists offer a number of options available to help you considerably reduce – or even eliminate – the unwanted symptoms of TMD. By receiving treatment individually tailored to address your unique needs, you can be on your way to living a life free of TMJ pain and its associated symptoms.