Are you constantly hindered by jaw pain? You could have issues with your TMJ joint. TMJ issues can be tricky, and the dentists at University Dental is equipped to give you the treatment you need to rectify the issue. The team at our San Diego dentistry have the experience and knowledge needed to treat your TMJ and get your jaw back to working normally.
TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, a joint in the face that connects the jawbone to the skull. The TMJ has a very unique structure. Unlike most other joints, the TMJ has three parts held together by ligaments originating in distinct parts of the head and neck. The complicated structure of the TMJ makes it ripe for potential issues.
TMJ disorder occurs when there are problems with the TMJ joint, jaw muscles, and the jawbone. Injury or damage to the joint can result in pain and other issues.
There are a variety of different signs and symptoms that you may have TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing a few of these symptoms, make sure to contact a dentist immediately.
Pain is the most common symptom. Those with TMJ disorder will have pain in the jaw area, as well as the ears and other areas of the face.
All of the pain in the face can lead to headaches. These headaches are no minor issue, as many of them can mimic the severe effects of a migraine. Along with a headache, there also may be earaches and pressure behind the eyes.
A clicking or popping sound when moving your mouth can be a sign of TMJ disorder. This can include chewing, talking, yawning, or simply opening and closing your mouth. Those with TMJ can also get their jaw stuck in a certain spot, having it lock or fall out of place.
TMJ will cause significant tenderness in the jaw muscles, and in some cases, those afflicted will also have a swollen face.
If you have TMJ disorder or think you may have issues with your TMJ, contact University Dental in San Diego immediately. The sooner we are able to identify a TMJ issue, the quicker we can get it resolved without any long lasting damage the jaw or face. No matter how minor the symptoms may feel, make sure to seek medical attention for TMJ because if you do not surgery may eventually become necessary. If you want assistance, contact University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Diego. Give us a call at (619) 473-2565.