Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the hinge that lets you open and close your mouth. You have one on each side. Like with all joints and muscles, sometimes things can go wrong with the TMJ. When you have a TMJ disorder, certain symptoms are common. What are they? And what can you do about them?
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ is a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The causes can vary and include a jaw injury (like dislocation), genetics, teeth-grinding, and arthritis. Symptoms can be mildly annoying to very painful. When you have TMJ, you might experience:
- Tenderness or pain in your jaw
- An ache around or even in your ears
- Difficulty chewing or pain when you chew
- Facial pain
- Locking in your jaw
- A clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw
- A grinding sensation when you move your jaw
- Buzzing or ringing in your ears
- Neck pain
Symptoms of TMJ can disrupt the normal flow of your life and cause significant pain. Luckily, there are treatments.
Getting Treatment at Caring Smiles
At Caring Smiles, we offer TMJ treatment services. Dr. Allen and the team will first use a T-Scan computerized system to take a good look at your bite and identify misalignments causing the problem. There are a variety of treatments we might recommend depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing and how severe the misalignment is, such as:
- A nightguard to prevent grinding
- A therapeutic mouthguard
- A bite splint
- Migraine therapy appliance
- Equilibration, which is when we reshape your teeth’s surfaces to get a more stable bite
Contact Us to Discuss Your Symptoms
You don’t need to live with TMJ symptoms. In fact, if the disorder isn’t treated, it can get worse and lead to complications like the wearing down of your teeth, joint damage and inflammation, and sleeping disorders. If you think you might have TMJ or have any questions about treatments, please contact us to make an appointment!