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TMJ Disorder: Symptoms And Warning Signs

TMJ Disorder Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ is a disorder that is directly related to problems with your jaw as well as the joint surrounding the facial muscles. TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of things whether it be poor posture or stress that results in clenching your jaw. No matter how TMJ is caused if you have it it’s important to get it treated by a dental professional as soon as possible.

Pain or Tenderness Also, the pain or tenderness is a major warning sign that you are suffering from TMJ disorder and you can typically feel this tenderness when you are opening or closing your jaw. Also, the pain related to TMJ can transfer itself to your face, neck, or shoulders. To learn more about these symptoms read below.

Stuck Jaw The main sign that those who suffer from TMJ typically notice that their jaw is locking when they try to speak or chew. Also, there have been reports that those who suffer will be unable to open their mouth very wide. Also, chewing and speaking might be difficult or often impossible depending on the pain.

Odd Noises TMJ syndrome can cause a person who suffers from it to hear noises when they are opening or closing their mouth. In these cases, the sufferer might hear a popping or clicking sound or a ringing in their ear.

Other Symptoms While pain, tightness and clicking noises are the most common symptoms, people who might suffer from TMJ should call a doctor for any of the following reasons that are listed directly below:
  • Painful Facial swelling
  • Toothaches or earaches
  • Aches in the head or neck
  • Pain in the upper shoulder
  • Experiencing any dizziness
Minor cases of TMJ are likely to go away on their own. However, many people suffer from severe or prolonged symptoms. If you are in need of TMJ treatment contact our office to make an appointment.