What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ disorder or the temporomandibular joint disorder can lead to pain and discomfort in your jaw which can also affect your face, neck, ears, upper back, and shoulders. There are many people who suffer TMJ disorder and often wonder the cause of the pain. The temporomandibular joint serves the purpose of connecting your jawbone with your skull. Several studies have established that as approximately 12% of people suffer from TMJ disorder. Interestingly, the TMJ disorder affects women more than men.
- Severe dental pain can be a sign of TMJ
- Teeth grinding is also considered as sign of TMJ
- Jaw clenching is another sign of TMJ
- Facial tenderness, swelling, and pressure can also be a symptom of TMJ
- Experiencing jaw or ear pain specially while biting or chewing food
- Unable to fully open or close your mouth can also be a sign of TMJ
- Another sign of TMJ can be tingling sensation in the arms or fingers
- Pain in neck, shoulder, and upper back
- Severe migraines and headaches
TMJ is a medical condition that affects the jaw joints located in front of the war. These joints help in opening and closing your mouth so that you can chew, eat, and talk. The exact cause of TMJ is not known but it can be a result of:
- Bite disorders
- Dental misalignment
- Stress and anxiety
How We Can Help?
When you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, it’s time to see the dentist. You must not ignore these signs as TMJ can disrupt the quality of your life. If your back molars are damaged from jaw clenching or teeth grinding, the dentists often offers porcelain crowns.
They may also fit a customized oral appliance which is designed for alleviating pressure from your jaws. The device will properly fit inside your mouth and you would be asked to wear them at night during sleep. This will prevent your teeth from grinding.