Does TMJ pain have you feeling blue? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, TMJ—or temporomandibular joint disorder—affects over 10 million Americans, primarily women. The disorder—which causes pain and dysfunction in the joints responsible for jaw movement—has no clear-cut cause but can create a great deal of discomfort.
Obtaining treatment is key and Dr. Lord can be your first line of defense against your TMJ problems intensifying. Read on to learn what symptoms indicate the possible presence of TMJ.
Aching facial pain in the jaw area or the ear are often present with TMJ. Sometimes the pain can even radiate to the neck and shoulder area. This is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ.
Clicking and Popping
People suffering from TMJ will sometimes hear a snap, crackle, or pop that isn’t emanating from their Rice Krispies. Experiencing clicking or grating sounds when the jaw is being opened or closed or during chewing is another unfortunate symptom of TMJ.
Tinnitus refers to a ringing in the ear and is often associated with TMJ. In fact, 33% of TMJ sufferers report problems with tinnitus, but happily, their tinnitus is often resolved when they seek out TMJ treatment.
Headaches are the most common symptom of TMJ with 80% of TMJ sufferers experiencing them. Oftentimes these headaches are chronic and severe, resulting in migraines.
There are a variety of reasons that jaws can become misaligned including genetics, teeth grinding, and injuries like whiplash. This misalignment is often painful as it can create an intense pressure on your nerves.
Although TMJ can be hard to swallow, we’re happy to report that Dr. Lordo has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating this disease. He examines patient’s jaw alignment and subsequently, recommends a course of treatment; treatment options vary from mouth guards to drug therapy. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be glad you left the snapping, crackling, and popping to your breakfast cereal!
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