How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder, otherwise known as TMD, can stem from a variety of causes such as arthritis, loss of cartilage, clenching or grinding, physical impact or injury, and overuse of the temporomandibular joint. When left untreated, TMJ disorder can become a quite painful and disruptive. Commonly characterized by a clicking or popping of the jaw when speaking or eating, the symptoms of this condition vary widely and may include:
- Worn teeth (from grinding and improper bite)
- Facial pain
- Jaw or neck pain
- Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- Ear ache
- Tinnitus (ringing ears)
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms and fingers
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
TMJ disorder can significantly detract from your overall quality of life, and many of our patients at True Dentistry have achieved relief from their symptoms through customized treatment plans designed by our dentists. They can perform a comprehensive oral exam and test the function of your jaw to reveal the specific causes of your symptoms. With the right course of therapy they may be able to restore full function and comfort to your jaw joint and facial musculature. To discover if your symptoms are related to TMJ disorder, please schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.