TMJ – A Quick Guide to Understanding Jaw Pain
When it comes to understanding jaw pain it’s important to note that this could be related to an oral health issue. A numerous amount of people suffer from facial and jaw pain. However, because this pain is can come and go it often is noticed when it’s sporadic and is then forgotten when it’s fleeting. This leads to a delay in treatment or an avoidance of seeking treatment all together. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one condition that a patient can get diagnosed with if they are experiencing jaw pain. Your dentist is the only one who can provide you with a full and comprehensive exam to determine if you in fact are suffering from TMJ related jaw pain.
TMJ disorder prominently affects your jaw nerves and muscles and this can sometimes be the result of an injury to the joint that connects the jawbones to your skull. While the majority of adults who get TMJ syndrome experience only mild cases of it, other adults experience a more severe form of TMJ. This more advanced and severe form can lead to these listed types of pain:
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Tenderness or discomfort in your jaw
- Pain or difficulties in chewing
- Swelling on the face
- Migraine headaches
- Joint locking
Another signal of TMJ that a patient can recognize at home is a clicking, popping, or grinding sensation while chewing or opening your mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms,
then it’s safe to say you may be developing Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and the best way to know for sure would be to have an examination done by your local dentist.
While the official cause of TMJ syndrome is not entirely understood it’s important to make note of the different contributing factors that can play a major role in the overall development of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Multiple factors can contribute to TMJ including but not limited to a misalignment or trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, excessive gum chewing, stress, anxiety and arthritis. Looking out for these factors is important.
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If you are experiencing jaw pain or if you have specific questions related to the symptoms of TMJ disorder it would be best to reach out to your local dentist to schedule an examination.