Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint, or “TMJ” is one that can cause significant pain and discomfort if a disorder develops inside of where the jaw attaches at each side of the mouth. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary, depending on the underlying cause.
Let our dentists at Purity Dental Mulgrave, know if you’re experiencing any of the following:
Popping noises when you open or close your mouth.
Grinding, clicking, or popping noises are some of the first signs to look for if you suspect a TMJ disorder.
Your jaw deviating to one side when you open your mouth.
Ideally, your jaw should open straight up and down (even though it’s normal for it to move slightly to either side when you chew.) But if you notice your jaw slip to one side when you open wide, it may be something our dentist can assess for you.
Ear pain, headache, or muscle soreness in your neck and shoulders.
Chronic muscle tension throughout the jaw and TMJ can cause side-effects in other areas of your body. A pattern of chronic earaches or constant shoulder pain may be due to the tension that’s originating from other ends of the muscles, where they meet your TMJ.
A limited range of motion.
Internal damage to your TMJ can restrict how wide you’re able to open your mouth. This in turn can affect your speech and diet habits. If you find that you’re unable to bite into an apple, you could have some form of TMJ disorder.
To determine if you have TMJ disorder, the dentists here at Purity Dental Mulgrave will evaluate your jaw movement and may order necessary X-rays so that we can assess the anatomy inside and surrounding the joints.
TMJ disorder can be treated with a variety of non-surgical interventions, including bite splints, orthodontic therapy, physical therapy and massage, or even injectables. Contact Purity Dental today for a complimentary TMJ evaluation during your next checkup.