Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, which are most commonly referred to as TMJ and sometimes TMD, are diagnosed when issues occur with the jaw and muscles that control the Temporomandibular joint, which connects your skull and jaw. There are varying degrees of TMJ severity but is almost always painful.
Those impacted are typically women in their 20s and 30s, though others can, of course, be impacted. Various things can cause TMJ, such as:
- Injury to your teeth or jaw
- Teeth grinding, especially at night
- Gum chewing
So how do you know if you have TMJ? Here are several issues to be aware of that may indicate that you have:
- Pain in your jaw, around your ear
- Clicking, popping, or locking of your jaw
- Swelling of your face
- Pain around your ears or neck/shoulders
If you have been experiencing any of these issues, it is advisable that you set up an appointment with your dentist.
There are numerous other issues that could be occurring when you think you have TMJ, such as sinus issues, gum disease, and tooth decay, so those should be ruled out. To determine if you have TMJ, dentists will commonly check your jaw joints to see if there is clicking, popping, pain, etc. Some may also order X-rays, MRIs or, CTs.
If it is determined that you have TMJ, there are different treatment options; you and your doctor should determine the best treatment route based on your personal needs if you are indeed diagnosed with TMJ.
The dentists at Winning Smiles have a wealth of experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ. If you think you may have TMJ or are experiencing any other dental issues, call today to schedule an appointment!