Illustration of a woman experiencing pain because of temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Recognizing Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

July 31, 2023 1:39 pm
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Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ dysfunction, affects many people. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull, allowing for smooth movement during activities such as talking, chewing, and yawning.

When the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed or damaged, it can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  1. Jaw Pain & Tenderness
  2. Individuals with TMJ issues often experience discomfort, tenderness, or soreness in the jaw joint area, which can make it difficult to open or close the mouth fully. The pain can even radiate to the face, neck, and shoulders.

  3. Clicking or Popping Sounds
  4. Does your jaw make clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing? These noises occur due to the misalignment or displacement of the jaw joint. While occasional clicking may not be a cause for concern, persistent or painful clicking should be evaluated.

  5. Headaches & Earaches
  6. TMJ-related headaches are typically characterized by dull, aching pain that originates around the temples. Additionally, some individuals may experience earaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or a sensation of fullness in the ears.

  7. Facial Muscle Fatigue
  8. People with TMJ disorder may frequently experience facial muscle fatigue or stiffness. This can make routine activities like chewing or speaking tiring and uncomfortable. Facial muscles may feel sore or overworked, and some individuals may even notice frequent muscle spasms.

  9. Difficulty with Jaw Movement
  10. Limited jaw movement is another indicator of TMJ dysfunction. Individuals may find it challenging to open their mouths wide, which can hinder proper oral hygiene practices and affect their ability to consume certain foods.

TMD Treatment Options in Shoreline, WA

If you’re experiencing any of these common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, contact Megan Jones, DDS, in Shoreline, WA. Dr. Jones and our experienced team can assess your condition and recommend treatment options like a nightguard or BOTOX!

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