TMJ disorders are not always obvious, even though their symptoms can be debilitating in severe cases. TMJ disorders describe damage, inflammation, or other complications with your jaw’s joints, causing difficulty in jaw movement and chronic pain in the jaw, face, and head area. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, then ask your dentist about its possible causes and treatments during your next dental visit.
What does TMJ stand for?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and your two TMJs are the pivots upon which your lower jaw opens, closes, and moves. TMJs must operate in tandem, and if there’s an imbalance or if one or both joints are placed under extreme stress, the joints can become damaged, inflamed, or misaligned. Because your TMJs are closely located to your jaw’s trigeminal nerves, the damage can irritate the nerves and lead to a variety of chronic symptoms.
Is everyone susceptible to TMJ disorder?
Everyone has TMJs, and therefore, everyone could potentially experience TMJ disorder. Preventing jaw issues isn’t always as simple as preventing tooth decay or gum disease. But with regular dental checkups, your dentist can keep a close eye on your oral health to determine if you may be likely to develop TMJ disorder.
What are the warning signs?
TMJ disorder affects your jaw’s balance, and one of the main warning signs is a popping or clicking sensation when you open and close your jaw. Other symptoms can include:
- Chronic headaches
- A shifting movement when bite and chew
- Uncontrollable teeth grinding (bruxism)
- And more
Ask Your Dentist About TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can cause severely disruptive pain and discomfort, and treating it is the only way to find lasting relief. To find out if you could benefit from TMJ disorder treatment, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517.