TMJ disorders, or, temporomandibular joint disorders, affect countless Americans, and many of them don’t have a clue that their discomfort has a formal name. It is frequently misdiagnosed. The longer that it’s ignored, the worse the pain or discomfort you feel in your head or neck can get. Suffering from TMJ or wondering if your jaw pain has a name? See your dentist to get diagnosed and learn your jaw pain therapy options.
First Off, What Does Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Mean?
The TMJ joint is the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. If you have a TMJ disorder, it means that sometimes when you move your jaw you feel pain or discomfort. Often times, the misalignment gets worse over time, so jaw pain today can turn into, well, an even bigger jaw pain tomorrow. Jaw pain therapy can be a wonderful alternative to surgery, as surgery should only be used as a last resort.
How Do I Know if I Have TMJ?
First off, the only person qualified to officially diagnose your TMJ is your dentist, so if you are concerned that your jaw pain might come from TMJ, book an appointment as quickly as possible to get on your way to recovery. Wondering if you have any symptoms of TMJ? Here’s a list to get you started:
- Frequent toothaches that do not come from decay or a tooth in need of repair
- When chewing or opening or closing your mouth, hearing popping or clicking sounds in or near your ear
- Tenderness of the jaw
- Jaw pain when moving your mouth (opening, closing, talking, etc.)
- Ringing in the ears that does not have an obvious source like ear infection or wax impaction
- Unexplained dizziness or headaches that your Primary Care Doctor cannot diagnose
- Pain around your eyes or cheeks that may feel like it is coming from your sinuses
- Frequent exhaustion or fatigue
- Swelling or tenderness on the sides of your face
Ready to Say Goodbye to Your TMJ Jaw Pain Forever?
If you have been living with jaw pain or are concerned that you might have a TMJ disorder, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have the skills to assess your condition and recommend the proper treatment plan to get you smiling again. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.