Cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to oral health. Many patients suffer for years with TMJ disorder before realizing that there is a name for what they’re going through, and treatments available!
That is why our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists have put together this short overview of common TMJ-related problems. We hope that this information empowers you to seek treatment for jaw problems as they occur.
Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. When these joints are damaged or inflamed, you may notice:
- A clicking/popping sensation when you move your lower jaw—this can happen as you chew or as you speak. It may come and go, seemingly randomly.
- Jaw/neck pain—this pain can also manifest as chronic headaches. You may find that the pain radiates up to your ears or down through your arm. Some patients also report a tingling or numb sensation.
- Bite misalignment—TMJ problems can actually change how you bite and chew. This occurs because your body instinctually alters the way your teeth come together in order to avoid discomfort. If it seems like your bite is different, or you’re chewing unevenly, this may be due to TMJ disorder.
- Limited jaw mobility—over time you may find that it becomes more difficult to open your mouth all of the way, or to move your jaw from side to side. Some TMJ sufferers feel like their jaws “lock” in certain positions. This is a clear indication that you should schedule a TMJ assessment.
- Bruxism—chronic dental grinding/clenching is often related to temporomandibular joint damage.
There are effective and patient-friendly TMJ treatments available to help you regain a healthy, balanced smile. Give our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists a call to learn more, and to schedule a personal consultation. Don’t wait to get the care you need; prompt treatment is key!