The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull in front of your ears. The symptoms of TMD/TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder can be the result of an injury, a disease, the aging process or habitual behaviors of clenching and grinding the teeth (bruxism). Teeth grinding and clenching can change the alignment of your teeth and cause muscle spasms and inflammation.
TMD/TMJ Symptoms Are Numerous
The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder are numerous and vary in location and intensity for each individual, but often include:
Head and facial pain
Pain around the eyes
Tooth pain and tooth sensitivity
Ear pain and ringing in the ears
Neck, shoulder and back pain
Popping sounds emanating from the jaw
Headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting are typical symptoms of TMD/TMJ with the headache often being confused with a tension, sinus or migraine headache.
The true cause of your headache can be determined with a thorough examination and evaluation by a neuromuscular dentist familiar with the symptoms of TMD/TMJ.
The Pain of TMD/TMJ
The pain associated with TMD/TMJ in facial muscles and the jaw can radiate into the neck, shoulders and back. This facial pain increases when you speak, chew or attempt to yawn.
This facial pain is usually focused in the joint in front of your ear, but may be felt on the skull and other parts of your face and jaw. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or even hearing loss may also be a concern with TMD/TMJ. The pain can be sharp and burning or a dull, constant ache. Pain medication is useless in the treatment of TMD/TMJ because it does not treat the underlying cause of the pain. Neuromuscular dentistry treats the causes of temporomandibular joint disorder, not just the symptoms.
If you suffer from TMD/TMJ symptoms and you live in Edmond, Lawton, Norman or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, please visit the website of Oklahoma neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Terry Bass today to learn how a thorough evaluation and examination can correct the cause of your symptoms and alleviate your pain in the process.