According to research, it’s estimated that 1 in 12 people suffer from the symptoms of TMJ Disorder and only 50% of them will even seek treatment for their symptoms. TMJ Disorder affects the temporomandibular joint which is the connection between the jaw and the skull. It’s what you use every time you open and close your mouth, chew food and even speak. You can feel this joint by placing your hands on either side of your face just under your ears and open and close your mouth widely. When this joint becomes inflamed, it can be extremely painful and cause a host of other symptoms.
TMJ disorder can cause a variety of symptoms, some not even associated with the jaw. It’s important to be aware of symptoms so you can seek treatment for the disorder as soon as possible. Some of these symptoms include:
-Headaches and migraines
-Pain or soreness in the jaw
-Facial pain or soreness
-Ear pain or ringing in the ears
-Neck, shoulder or upper back pain or soreness
-Clicking or popping of the jaw when opening the mouth
There is no standardized test to diagnose TMJ Disorder. Understanding symptoms of the jaw joint disorder is the first step so you know what to look for and when to seek out a professional for diagnosis and treatment. A head, jaw and bite exam can be performed and based on this exam and your medical and dental history, we can determine whether or not the symptoms you are experiencing are due of a TMJ Disorder.
The best treatment plan for TMJ Disorder depends on each individual situation. For some, lifestyle changes such as eating softer foods, practicing relaxation techniques and exercises to help strengthen jaw muscles may be sufficient to ease symptoms. If the habit of clenching or grinding teeth could be causing TMJ symptoms, a custom-made mouth guard can protect the teeth and jaws and help improve symptoms of TMJ Disorder.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of a TMJ Disorder, call us today at 623-748-5162 and we can schedule you a consultation right away.