Temporomandibular joint disorder is also known as, TMJ, is a condition that affects your jaw, ears, and back teeth. TMJ can cause damage to your teeth and cause serious pain. There is no one known cause for TMJ which is why it is important to be able to identify the warning signs. Once you are able to identify what the warning signs are it becomes that much easier to get a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan.
The warning signs:
There are a few tell-tale signs that may indicate that something is wrong. Sometimes these symptoms can occur on their own so don’t be alarmed, however, if you are experiencing more than one consistently it is time to consult with a professional. Here are the things you should look out for when it comes to TMJ:
- Jaw pain when yawning, chewing, or biting
- Ear pain that spread to the face, neck, and shoulders
- A clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your jaw
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Difficulty opening and closing your jaw, also known as “locked jaw”
- Facial swelling near the joints
- Tooth pain
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Ringing in the ears
- Causes of the Condition
These symptoms can be very painful and hinder your day-to-day life. If you experience any of the following symptoms be sure to reach out to a dentist for a professional opinion.
Our office likes to opt for non-invasive treatment options before exploring the surgery route. After extensive evaluation If Dr.Emma Wu determines that you do in fact have TMJ, she will propose solutions such as custom-fit night guards and lifestyle changes to help you better manage your symptoms. If you are consistent with treatment and still experiencing pain it will be time to consider alternative methods of treatment such as surgery.
The first step to taking charge of your pain is setting up a consultation with us. From there Dr. Emma Wu will be able to figure out a plan to treat your TMJ. Call today to schedule your consolation, we look forward to speaking with you!