As the pivots that allow your jaw to move, your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) play a significant role in how you use your mouth every day. Consequently, TMJ disorder can have a significant impact on your bite’s everyday function, and as a result, it can generate a host of different issues beyond jaw pain. Today, we take a look at a few more symptoms of chronic TMJ disorder, and why you should seek treatment as soon as possible if you experience any of them.
Aching neck and facial muscles
Your jaw, neck, and facial muscles are connected in several ways and rely on each other for certain movements, like smiling and laughing, as well as biting and chewing. When TMJ disorder develops, your neck and facial muscles can become overworked as well as those in your jaw, leading to aches and pains in all three areas.
Ringing and pain in one or both ears
Tinnitus, or chronic pain and ringing in your ears, can often result from the discrepancy in your jaw, neck, and facial muscles. This can affect the sensitive tissues in your ears, and as your TMJ disorder grows worse, your tinnitus can become more repetitive and more severe.
Locking jaw joints
Sore and aching jaw muscles can make biting and chewing difficult, but when your jaw joints and muscles are so exhausted that they lock in place, it can make biting and chewing impossible. Locked jaw is often a symptom of more severe TMJ disorder, and can indicate damage so intensive that your TMJs can’t function for several moments.
Ask Your Dentist if You Need TMJ Treatment
There are many different possible signs of TMJ disorder. If you believe your symptoms may be among them, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.