If you have jaw pain or hear a clicking noise when talking or chewing, you may have a TMJ disorder. This common jaw issue affects many people and its symptoms can range from minor to severe.
TMJ stands for temperomandibular joint, the joint connecting the jaw to the skull. Place your fingers on your cheek in front of your ear and open your mouth - the pivot you feel is the movement of the temperomandibular joint. TMJ disorder refers to the different problems that can develop when that joint has been damaged due to injury, illness, arthritis, or bruxism. When the ball-and-socket jaw joint slips out of position, this can affect your bite, resulting in pain and soreness, among other problems.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary widely, but the most common include pain in your jaw, changes to your bite, frequent headaches and earaches, jaw soreness, and that “clicking” noise in the joint. If you’ve experienced any of these issues, it’s time to consult your dentist at Dentistry on Kent. We can diagnose your TMJ disorder and discuss treatment options with you.
Treatment for TMJ disorder may take the form of a bite appliance or mouth guard, jaw adjustment, home treatments, surgery, or other options. Your dentist will advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
If you suspect you might have a TMJ disorder, come see us at Dentistry on Kent. We’ll help you put your pain in the past.