TMJ Disorder Symptoms
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the juncture between the jaw and the cranium. It is one of the most complicated joints in your body given all of the movements needed to eat, speak, and make facial expressions. Wear and tear to the joint can lead to problems with jaw movement and function. This is known as TMJ disorder, or TMD.
Not all patients will require TMJ surgery for TMD treatment. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz has helped many people in the Orlando, FL, area with minimally invasive procedures. Knowing the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder can help you get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Below are some of the most well-known signs of TMD.
Clicking and Popping
A clicking and popping sensation when you open your jaw wide is one of the most well-known symptoms of TMJ disorder. It may also be accompanied by a grinding sensation as you move your jaw.
Many individuals with TMJ disorder experience limitations in the movement of their jaw joint. It can cause their jaw to become locked in a given position, or leave them unable to open their mouth past a certain point.
Soreness in the jaw accompanied by the other symptoms listed above typically indicates some dysfunction of the joint. Many people diagnosed with TMD at our Orlando practice will notice some amount of jaw discomfort as well as the other symptoms discussed here.
Many people develop TMJ disorder because they grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. Gnashing and clenching your teeth during sleep can cause strain to the jaw joint as well as damage to your teeth.
Sore Teeth and Gums
Many people who suffer from TMJ disorder also notice soreness in their teeth and gums. This could be caused by teeth grinding or excessive pressure placed on one part of the mouth when biting and chewing.
The pain from TMJ disorder doesn’t just remain around the jaw joint. Any clenching of the teeth or strain around the jaw could also lead to tension headaches. Some patients may suffer from migraines due to their TMJ disorder or bruxism as well.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
As the jaw strains as it moves, this could lead to tension around the neck and upper shoulders. The muscles of the head and neck are interconnected, and problems around the jaw can affect more than just your ability to bite and chew.
If you touch your temples when you clench your jaw, you may notice some pressure. This can radiate to the eye area. This kind of pain may be accompanied by headaches, neck aches, and other TMJ-related pain affecting the face and head.
Since the jaw joint is close to the ear, many TMD patients complain of earaches. Even worse, TMJ disorder could contribute to tinnitus, which means an annoying, persistent ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can have serious effects on your overall quality of life.
Contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry
If you live in Orlando and notice any of the TMJ disorder symptoms listed above, it’s a good idea to meet with a dentist for a checkup. For more information, contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry online or call our office at (407) 251-5100.