TMJ Port Charlotte Promenades, FL

Common Neck & Back Pains Could be a Sign of TMJ Disorder

Pain Should Not Be Ignored

Could You Have a TMJ disorder and Not Know It?

If you wake every morning with a stiff jaw, pain in your neck or headaches, you owe it to yourself to find out if you could have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is a condition that affects the jaw joint and can cause serious discomfort, as well as dental problems.

Sound familiar? You could have a TMJ disorder. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, you could experience increased pain, grinding the tops of your back teeth to the point of decay or cracking, and reduce your overall quality of life.

We provide comprehensive care for all our patients who have TMJ pain. Please contact us now at Waterside Dental for your initial visit.

Many people overlook common symptoms of TMD, such as:

  • A stiff jaw
  • A jaw that sticks when the mouth is open
  • A jaw that makes clicking sounds
  • Regular tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • A painful jaw
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Neck, back and shoulder pain that seems to radiate from the jaw
  • Pain in the ear
  • A feeling that the teeth do not “fit” together

Tooth Grinding Can Be an Indicator of TMD

One of the most overlooked symptoms of a TMJ disorder is tooth grinding, or bruxism. Tooth grinding usually occurs during the night, and begins to wear down the enamel of your molars. Over time, the pressure of tooth grinding puts stress on the teeth.

Usually, dentists notice tooth grinding because it creates other problems, such as progressive decay and tooth damage.

Find Out if You Have A TMJ Pain

Do you have pain in your jaw?


Does your jaw lock when you open or close it?


Do you have frequent headaches?


Do you have sensitive, loose or worn down teeth?


Do you experience neck pain or stiffness?