Getting to the Cause of Your Pain
The TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) is one of the most complex joints in the entire body because it is capable of forward, backward, and side to side movements.
It is extremely important to keep the TMJ in good health as it is responsible for aiding in talking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ problems are:
- Ringing in ears
- Tingling in fingers
- Pain or tenderness around the TMJ (joint) or in front of, or behind the ear
- Difficulty in opening or closing your mouth due to limited joint movement
- Jaw pain during clicking, popping, crunching (crepitus), chewing, yawning, or talking
- TMJ (joint) muscle spasms
- Locking of the jaw
Some common treatments include the use of night guards, bite guards, and occlusal adjustments but we recommend talking with our team to ensure you are treated properly.
Frequent headaches could be a sign of problems with the TMJ. Often patients do not mention consistent head pain to their dentist because they don’t see the correlation, but we urge you to tell us whatever health issues you are experiencing.
Tight bites or tooth pain could be the root cause of your mild tension headache or even migraine. Our team is trained to look for wear and tear from teeth grinding or tension in the jaw.