You might be wondering whether the pain in your jaw is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or is it simply a sign that your jaw is tired from being overused. Knowing the reasons behind your jaw pain can help alleviate the pain you might be feeling. For instance, if your jaw is tired, you can ease the pain by massaging your jaw joints, eating softer foods, and avoiding TMJ-stressing activities like yawning, yelling, or singing.
Let’s look at some symptoms that could indicate you have a TMJ disorder.
Your dentist could spot worn-out or damaged molars during your regular dental checkups. As a result, they might ask you about TMJ symptoms. While TMJ is not always the reason behind such damage, further assessment is necessary.
If you are experiencing pain in the temporomandibular joint, this is a clearcut sign that you have a TMJ problem. Usually, you might feel the pain toward your ears or down to your neck.
Popping and Clicking
When the temporomandibular joints are balanced, opening or closing your mouth won’t make any noise. However, if you hear a popping, grinding, or clicking sound when opening or closing your jaw, this shows your jaw problem needs checking.
The locking of jocks from time to time could also indicate that you have a TMJ complication. In some cases, people struggle to unlock their jaws because they are misaligned.
Facial swelling around your jaw joints is another sign to watch out for.
Headaches resulting from TMJ disorder usually feel like they are radiating behind the eyes. You may experience mild or severe headaches, which can be misdiagnosed as migraines.
Since the temporomandibular joints are close to your ears, you may also feel ear pains. This can potentially lead to ear infections.
If you experience some of the signs of TMJ disorder, our dentistry experts at Scott Greenhalgh can give you a helping hand. We can identify the root cause of the problem and correct the TMJ disorder, sometimes even without the need for surgery. You don’t have to bear all the pain and discomfort. Call us today and book your appointment.