If you are experiencing an unpleasant discomfort (or worse, severe pain) where your lower jaw meets your upper jaw, you need to contact Dr. Bruce Silva today. You may be experiencing TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which affects your joints, muscles, and bones including your spine, jaw, and skull. The effects of TMD can sometimes go away on its own but in some cases you may need surgery so it is in your best interest to get TMD symptoms checked out as soon as possible.
TMJ is a temporomandibular joint found in front of your ear that connects your skull to your lower jaw. Your joints can become fractured, swell up, or sore, which causes limited movement of the jaw and major pain that can lead to the head and neck area. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Aching pain in the ear
- Aching in the face
- Locking of the joint in your mouth
- Clicking sound when you chew
- Grating sensation when you open your mouth
Naturally, your TMJ pain is caused by something within your head. Possible causes of TMD include clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth. Surgery of the mouth or jaw could be a factor of your TMJ pain, as well, as injury to the jaw or joint from a blow to the face. There are ways to avoid or reduce the amount of pain you feel if you suffer from TMD. Proper posture and limiting your stress levels could decrease your TMJ pain. Also, try sleeping on your back instead of sleeping on your stomach.
It is essential to visit your dentist as soon as possible because TMJ pain may lead to some serious long-term effects, such as arthritis and connective tissue diseases. Get your symptoms cared for before it gets worse by visiting the doctor at least twice a year. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today to schedule an appointment.