Smiling should never hurt! Temporomandibular Joint disorders affect over 3 million people in the United States every year and involves pain caused by tension surrounding the temporomandibular joint. This hinge allows your jaw to move up and down, as well as side to side.
The common symptoms of TMJ are fairly obvious. Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint area, neck and shoulders is a sign. Lock jaw, unusual sounds, trouble chewing and swelling are also typical signs of TMJ disorders.
TMJ can be caused by arthritis of the joint, injury to the jaw, teeth grinding, stress and more. Your dentist can deduce if you have TMJ after analyzing your health history and conducting a physical exam. This will include checking for tenderness, testing your bite and listening for clicks, pops or grating sounds. Your dentist may also opt for x-rays.
If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, contact us at Country Isles Dental to schedule an appointment and discuss your options with our experienced dentist.