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Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem


Posted on 12/25/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ ProblemIf you have issues with your Temporomandibular Joint, usually referred to as TMJ, you may experience pain and even have difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Of course, pain in your face, jaw, or mouth can be caused by a number of different dental issues.

That's why it's important to recognize the signs of TMJ disorders. That way, you'll know what to tell us when you call to make an appointment.

Symptoms of TMJ Problems

TMJ disorders are often accompanied by pain in the jaw, mouth, or face. You may experience pain around the TMJ joints located on either side of your jaw. Some people only feel pain on one side of the jaw, while others ache on both sides. Often, these aches are actually felt up and even in the ear instead of the jaw, which may make you think you have some kind of ear infection or other issue.

While some people with TMJ issues feel a constant ache, others only feel pain when they open and close their mouth. Sometimes, the joint completely locks up, making it difficult or even impossible to open your mouth.

One symptom that isn't painful necessarily, but can alert you to a TMJ disorder is a clicking noise when you open or close your mouth. You may also feel a grating feeling. These symptoms may never result in any pain, but they can warn you that it might be time to have a consultation just in case.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of things. The joints may be out of alignment or may be eroded. The cartilage may have been damaged, or the entire joint may have been injured by an impact. Often, however, the exact cause of TMJ disorders isn't easy to diagnose. Some people have no idea what caused their TMJ problems.

If you have any pain in your jaw, know that it's not normal. Call us today to set up an appointment so we can help you determine the cause and find a solution.
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