The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most complicated joint in the body. The TMJ is the point where the lower jaw connects to the skull. This joint allows the mouth to move up and down, side to side, and forward and backward.
TMJ disorders can cause severe pain and discomfort. The condition can also affect the jaw and facial muscles. If you see any of the following symptoms, make sure to see your dentist.
The face has a range of muscles and nerves that control movement, expression, and chewing. The jaw joint, which is where the jawbone meets your skull, attaches these muscles to the skull. When these muscles are sore or strained, it can lead to TMJ symptoms.
Patients may experience pain when chewing if the disc between their upper and lower jaw becomes dislodged. This can cause the muscles to overcompensate and lead to painful symptoms.
Clicking or popping in your jaw is a warning sign that your jaw is not aligned correctly. If your jaw is not aligned properly, your bite will not fit together correctly. As a result, your jaw muscles cannot relax. Your jaw muscles become overworked and fatigued.
One common symptom of TMJ is a stiff jaw. Your jaw may become stiff during the night, making it difficult to move your jaw in order to open or close your mouth. This can lead to jaw pain, ear pain, and even headaches. Your jaw may also become stiff when you yawn, eat, or chew.
Jaw pain that is linked to teeth grinding or clenching can be the result of an incorrect bite, which may not be visible to the naked eye. Other symptoms of TMJ can be headaches, earaches, and tooth sensitivity.
Once your dentist has diagnosed you with TMJ, a treatment plan can be made. This often includes using a custom oral appliance, like a mouthguard. The mouthguard helps your jaw stay aligned properly, which can help relieve pain and other symptoms of TMJ.
Reach out to our dental practice in Mission Viejo, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Lee. Please call us at (949) 380-0315 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.
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