TMJ Disorder - Bradenton, FL

National TMJ Awareness Month: 4 Signs You Might Have a TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joint is what allows you to speak, yawn and eat easily. It is the joint that controls the motion of your mouth. To highlight its importance, November has been designated as National TMJ Awareness Month, and if you experience any of the following, you might have a disorder within the joint.

1. Constant Pain

A damaged TMJ can result in more than just a painful jaw. You may also experience pain throughout your head as well as your neck, shoulders and ears. Some patients even report feeling pain or some kind of pressure around the eyes.

2. Sounds Coming From Jaw

Many individuals with a TMJ disorder will hear a popping or clicking sound coming from the jaw whenever they open their mouths. This popping is often accompanied by a certain amount of discomfort. These sounds typically indicate that the cartilage or joint disc has become dislodged, so any motion results in a noise.

3. Lockjaw

Lockjaw refers to the condition where it is difficult or impossible to open or shut the jaw. It can get quite painful, and it may require you to use a lot of force in order to move your jaw again. This can make it exceedingly challenging to try to eat normally. Lockjaw is not always brought about by TMJ disorders, but it is a sign you should see a dentist posthaste.

4. Improper Bite

When you bite down, your teeth should fit together comfortably. With TMJ, your jaw may have gotten dislocated, so now your bite feels different. This can make it more inconvenient to chew and speak. Treatment will be necessary to correct the positioning of your teeth.

Call Us Immediately

A single one of these symptoms is a good enough reason to contact the Waterside Dental team at Bradenton. TMJ disorders only get worse as time goes on, so give us a call right away. This November, make sure your TMJ is as healthy as can be.