How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Disorder?

One of the most common problems associated with TMJ Disorder is the fact that it can cause symptoms that seem completely unrelated to oral structures. TMJ Disorder, also referred to as “TMD,” is a condition that affects the proper function of the temporomandibular joint between the jaws. Many patients who are suffering from the condition may be experiencing debilitating symptoms while having no idea that TMJ Disorder is what’s causing them. Tenderness and soreness in the area near the temporomandibular joint, which is the “hinge” between the upper and lower jaws, can be a prominent sign of TMJ Disorder; however, there are other symptoms that may indicate the joint is impaired in some way. These include:

  • Jaw “locking”
  • A clicking or popping sensation in the jaw while chewing or opening and closing the mouth
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Swelling on one or both sides of the face
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus – a ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty closing or opening the mouth to its full capacity
  • Ear ache
  • Numbness in the fingers and/or the arms
  • Pain or discomfort while chewing

The list of symptoms above are just some of the more common effects that may be caused by TMJ Disorder. This condition affects many people, and can have a serious effect on one’s day-to-day life. Fortunately, our experienced dentists can diagnose and treat TMJ Disorder with options designed to reduce symptoms and alleviate discomfort. If you think you may have TMJ Disorder, please contact us to schedule an oral evaluation. Our dentist can help determine whether TMJ Disorder may be the cause of your symptoms and talk with you about available treatment options.